The Los Angeles Dodgers appear to be practically unstoppable, and now they may be getting one of their top hitters back.
Los Angeles (69-50) is on a staggering 39-8 run, going from the NL West cellar to a 7 1/2-game lead on second-place Arizona.
The remarkable turnaround has showed few signs of waning with the Dodgers winning seven straight, their longest streak since a nine-game run May 9-18, 2010.
"The Dodgers are having a lot of fun right now," Los Angeles' Nick Punto said.
Ramirez's return may only add to the enjoyment.
A sore right shoulder has keep the shortstop out of the lineup for eight of the past nine games. He's hitting .359 with 11 homers and 37 RBIs in 56 games, but he's mustered only a .122 average over his last 11 meetings with the Mets (54-63).
"I feel like there are no issues at this point," manager Don Mattingly told the team's official website.
It's unclear how Ramirez's return will impact Punto, who is 11 for 24 (.458) with four doubles and eight RBIs over the past nine games, starting seven at short.
Punto had an RBI double in Tuesday's 4-2 victory, a day after hitting a solo homer in a victory by the same score.
The Dodgers have won eight of nine against New York, which hasn't been swept at Chavez Ravine since May 18-20, 2009.
"You've got to play a perfect game to beat them right now, and we're not doing that," Mets manager Terry Collins said.
Los Angeles looks to win for the sixth consecutive time with Chris Capuano (4-6, 4.50 ERA) on the mound. He's 2-0 with a 3.21 ERA over that stretch, holding opponents scoreless three times in that span.
That wasn't the case Friday, however, when the left-hander gave up six runs and 10 hits in 4 1-3 innings of a 7-6 come-from-behind win over Tampa Bay.
Capuano, who spent 2011 with the Mets, is 1-5 with a 5.53 ERA in seven starts against them.
New York counters with Dillon Gee (8-8, 3.82), who has a 1.53 ERA over his last five starts. However, he just 2-1 in those games while receiving one or two runs of support in his past four outings.
Gee, though, didn't need much help from his offense Thursday, yielding one run and scattering eight hits in 7 2-3 innings of a 2-1 win over Colorado.
" Dillon Gee is a prototypical pitcher," manager Terry Collins said. "He's got four quality major league pitches and when he's using all four he's tough to hit because he has the knack to throw those pitches at any time."
Gee hasn't fared well at Dodger Stadium, losing both starts while allowing 10 runs in 11 2-3 innings.
New York's Wilmer Flores may be headed to the disabled list after sitting out Tuesday with an injured right ankle. The rookie third baseman has been a pleasant surprise filling in for David Wright (hamstring), collecting nine RBIs in seven games.
|New York Mets|
|August 03, 2013||David Wright||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|August 02, 2013||David Wright||Day-to-Day||Strained right hamstring|
|July 31, 2013||Bobby Parnell||15-Day DL||Neck stiffness|
|July 30, 2013||Josh Edgin||15-Day DL||Ribcage stress fracture|
|July 26, 2013||Justin Turner||Day-to-Day||Sore right shoulder|
|July 25, 2013||Eric Young||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore right knee|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|August 04, 2013||Hanley Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Jammed right shoulder|
|August 03, 2013||Yasiel Puig||Day-to-Day||Left hand contusion|
|July 30, 2013||Brian Wilson||15-Day DL||Recovery from right elbow surgery|
|July 23, 2013||Jose Dominguez||15-Day DL||Left quad strain|
|July 22, 2013||Matt Kemp||15-Day DL||Sprained left ankle|
|July 13, 2013||Yasiel Puig||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore left hip|
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Down late in the game, the Los Angeles Dodgers were just setting the stage for more timely hitting and another scintillating comeback.
Consecutive doubles by Yasiel Puig and Adrian Gonzalez in the 12th inning gave them a 5-4 victory over the New York Mets on Wednesday night, the Dodgers' eighth win in a row that is the team's longest winning streak in more than three years.
"Seriously? Explain that game?" Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "I don't know. It's kind of fun though."
Leave it to Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully to describe the late-night thriller.
"Another incredible moment in the magic castle," he said.
The Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the Mets with their sixth walk-off win of the season after trailing 4-0 early.
Los Angeles is 40-8 since June 22, the franchise's best 48-game run in the modern era and the best in the major leagues since the 1942 Cardinals went 41-7 from Aug. 11-Oct. 1, according to information provided by the Dodgers from Elias Sports Bureau.
"They just proved why they're hot right now," Mets starter Dillon Gee said. "They came back from behind every single night. They're grinders."
Puig turned a slow bouncer past the Mets' diving shortstop into a one-out double before Gonzalez's double - his third hit of the game and seventh career walk-off RBI.
Pinch-hitter Andre Ethier tied the game with a two-run homer off LaTroy Hawkins in the ninth. Ethier returned after sitting out a day earlier with tightness in his left calf.
"The guy's been out for basically a day and a half, but to go opposite field here? That ball took off," Mattingly said. "Usually nothing goes out at night, especially opposite field. That's pretty amazing what happened right there."
The Dodgers weren't done yet.
After going hitless in his first five at-bats, Puig legged out a double that glanced off Omar Quintanilla 's glove and into center field.
"Every time I leave the plate I'm always thinking for second," Puig said through a translator.
Gonzalez hit the next pitch off Pedro Feliciano (0-1) down the left field line, maintaining the Dodgers' 7 1/2-game lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West.
Paco Rodriguez (3-2) pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings for the victory, the Dodgers' 12th in a row in one-run games, extending their franchise record.
The Dodgers closed to 4-2 in the sixth on a fielder's choice groundout by Mark Ellis and a two-out RBI single by Jerry Hairston Jr.
Puig's defense sparkled on a bang-bang play in the second when Justin Turner singled to right field. Puig raced to pick up the ball and fired to third base to nail Marlon Byrd .
Hawkins got hit in the groin on a comebacker by Jerry Hairston Jr. in the ninth, but he stayed in the game after a brief pause.
"It was a direct hit. No cup," he said. "I've never worn a cup in my life, but I might have to start. I felt like I got kicked by a mule. It hurts."
Byrd hit a three-run homer on a 3-0 pitch from Chris Capuano in the third, extending New York's lead to 4-0. Capuano gave up three consecutive one-out hits, including singles by Daniel Murphy and Josh Satin before Byrd connected.
Andrew Brown 's RBI double with two outs in the second scored New York's first run.
Gee allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings, struck out four and walked one.
Capuano gave up four runs and a season-high-tying 10 hits in five innings. The left-hander struck out three and walked two. He allowed double-digit hits in consecutive games for the first time in his career.
NOTES: Mets RHP Jeremy Hefner was placed on the DL because of a torn MCL in his right elbow. He is 0-2 with a 7.58 ERA in his last six starts. Manager Terry Collins said it's a chronic condition that is getting worse. "But we'll get him back this year," Collins said. "I do know there's a lot of guys who pitch with this. He's had this, and he's pitched with it, and he pitched pretty stinking good."... Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez returned to the starting lineup after being limited to one pinch-hitting appearance since Aug. 4 because of a sore right shoulder. ... Although the Dodgers are starting to tout Puig and RHP Hyun-Jin Ryu as NL rookie of the year candidates, Mattingly said, "It's way too early for us to be talking about it." ... Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson turned 54.