Ramirez and the Dodgers look to cut another game off the Giants' NL West lead on Saturday.
Los Angeles is looking to regain a share of the division lead this weekend after falling out of first July 14. It got off to a good start with a 5-3 win in 10 innings Friday.
Ramirez hit a two-run homer in the 10th as the Dodgers (54-47) snapped a three-game skid and moved within two games of the Giants. Los Angeles had been swept in its last visit to AT&T Park, failing to score a run in that three-game series in late June.
With his home run Friday, Ramirez is 4 for 11 with three RBIs and three runs in three games with the Dodgers since he was acquired from Miami earlier this week."It's why I'm here," Ramirez said. " Manny Mota spoke to me and told me, `Don't try to do too much. Just do what you know how to do.' Every day he comes and talks to me. I have a lot to learn from him."
The loss was the second in a row for San Francisco (55-44), which acquired Marco Scutaro from Colorado on Friday in an effort to add infield depth.
Although he wouldn't figure to have the same impact as Ramirez - a former batting champion and three-time All-Star - Scutaro is a versatile player who was hitting .271 with four homers and 30 RBIs in 95 games for the Rockies. He made 65 stats at second and 25 at shortstop."It's no secret we were looking for depth and experience," Giants general manager Brian Sabean said. "This guy is a starting player on both sides of the bag."
The addition of Scutaro should help the Giants, who rank near the bottom of the majors in runs per game, fill the void left by Pablo Sandoval , who has missed the last two games with a strained left hamstring.
Hoping to avoid their second three-game losing streak this month, the Giants will hand the ball to Barry Zito (8-6 3.75 ERA), who has a 2.25 ERA over his last five starts.
The left-hander allowed three runs and five hits over seven innings at Philadelphia on Sunday in a 4-3, 12-inning loss.
He has split two starts against the Dodgers this season. Zito was outstanding in an 8-0 home win on June 25, earning his first victory over Los Angeles since May 2009.
Matt Kemp has had his way with Zito, batting .449 (22 of 49) with two homers in their matchups. He went 0 for 5 Friday and is 1 for his last 17.
Andre Ethier , though, is 6 for 35 (.171) off Zito.
The Dodgers counter with Chad Billingsley (5-9, 4.15), who tries to build off his first win in six starts.
Billingsley was sharp in a 5-3 win over St. Louis on Monday, allowing one run in six innings to snap a personal five-game losing streak. He hadn't pitched since July 7 after landing on the 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation.
The right-hander has lost his last four decisions at AT&T Park, where he hasn't won since July 2007.
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|June 07, 2012||Melky Cabrera||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore right hamstring|
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Matt Kemp remembers the days he would come to San Francisco and draw little notice. He prefers the way it is now.
Kemp homered among his four hits and drove in four runs, Chad Billingsley took a two-hitter into the eighth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Giants 10-0 on Saturday.
"It's cool," Kemp said of the taunts he gets from the Giants' fans. "I get a kick out of it. They used to not know who I was."
Hanley Ramirez had three RBIs in helping the Dodgers beat San Francisco for the second straight day to pull within a game of the NL West-leading Giants.
"He's like having another Matt Kemp ," Dodgers' manager Don Mattingly said. "You get a guy who can fly and has power."
Kemp said he's enjoyed his new teammate.
"He has a pretty swing," Kemp said. "He's always been one of my favorite players and now we're on the same team. Wherever he bats, he's going to help us."
Billingsley (6-9) drove in a run for Los Angeles with a sacrifice fly. He gave up leadoff doubles to Buster Posey in the second and Angel Pagan in the fifth, the only baserunners he allowed through seven innings. He gave up two more hits and was lifted with one out in the eighth.
"It looks like he has gotten back on track," Giants' manager Bruce Bochy said. "He hit his spots. It was a well-pitched game."
Barry Zito (8-7) gave up four runs on seven hits over 5 1-3 innings. He walked one and struck out four.
The Dodgers got to Zito right away. Mark Ellis opened the game with a sharp single and, one out later, Kemp hit his 15th home run, a drive that sailed halfway up the left field bleachers.
"Kemp has been swinging the bat well," Zito said. "He took a good swing on a good pitch. It was right where I wanted it."
Billingsley's sacrifice fly in the fifth drove in the Dodgers' third run and Hairston's RBI double in the sixth ended Zito's day.
"The last time we were in here we were a different team," Billingsley said. "Hanley has been a good addition and Kemp hit the home run early and we just continued it."
The Dodgers tacked on three runs in the seventh on A.J. Ellis' leadoff home run and back-to-back doubles from Kemp and Ramirez. They added three more in the ninth on Kemp's fourth hit and Ramirez's two-run single.
"It's great to have the whole team together," Ellis said. "We feel like we can match up with anybody. When Chad is locked in like he was today, he's as good as anyone in the league."
Luis Cruz had two hits for the Dodgers, extending his hitting streak to 11.
Marco Scutaro and Brandon Crawford each singled with one out in the eighth, prompting Billingsley's exit. Javy Guerra came on to get the final five outs.
NOTES: Zito has a first-inning ERA of 6.30. ... Dodgers RHP Rubby De La Rosa will join LHP Ted Lilly at Class-A Rancho Cucamonga for a rehab assignment. ... Giants INF Pablo Sandoval (left hamstring strain) was placed on the DL retroactive to July 25 and INF Emmanuel Burriss was designated for assignment to make room for Scutaro and Aubrey Huff , who was activated from the DL. ... Dodgers' RHP Matt Guerrier will begin a rehab assignment, though he's not expected to pitch for the Dodgers again until September. ... LHP Clayton Kershaw (7-6, 3.14) pitches for the Dodgers in Sunday's series finale. His career ERA of 1.45 (minimum 50 innings) against the Giants is the lowest all-time against the team. ... RHP Ryan Vogelsong (8-4, 2.26) starts for the Giants. ... Billingsley recorded his first career sacrifice fly.