ATLANTA (Ticker) --
with his arm and bat.
Ramirez tossed a three-hitter for his second career complete game and added his first two hits of the season as the
salvaged the final meeting of a three-game set with the Diamondbacks, 5-1.
The lefthander walked two and struck out five. He has allowed just one run in his last 17 innings and lowered his ERA to 2.04 on the season.
"I feel more comfortable with my mechanics this year than last year," Ramirez said. "I know the hitters this year better than last year and it's all translating into better pitching."
"Ramirez has had eight or nine starts and they've basically all been the same - excellent," Atlanta manager
said. "He's been dynamite. He's a real bulldog."
J.D. Drew tripled home two runs in the first inning and
added his third homer of the season in the fifth off losing pitcher
"It was a win we needed bad," Franco said. "It's a good start. Chipper (Jones) is swinging the bat better too, I can see that. The club is struggling offensively, but it's due to injuries. We don't have our All-Stars in Furcal and Giles."
The Braves scored more runs in this one then they had in the previous two contests, including Tuesday's perfect game by Randy Johonson. Ramirez made sure it didn't matter.
"As a typical
' pitcher, he was trying to stay out of the strike zone," Arizona manager
said. "He was painting the corners and changing speeds. He was ahead of almost every hitter."
Fossum, making his second start, allowed five runs, seven hits and two walks for the Diamondbacks, who were trying to win three consecutive games in Atlanta for the first time since the 2001 National League Championship Series.
"My cutter was flat and they were laying off of it," Fossum said. "I kind of got my curveball going in the third. I just couldn't get the pitcher out. He killed me too."
Ramirez, who came into the contest hitless in 14 at-bats, was 2-for-4 with an RBI single as the Braves snapped a three-game losing streak.
"I don't know, I got lucky," Ramirez said. "I closed my eyes and was hoping the ball would hit the bat. ... What did Jeter go 0-for-32? I'm entitled to an 0-for-14."
Ramirez drove home rookie second baseman
, who scored from first base on a single to the right-center field gap when
's throw hit the mound and rocketed straight up into the air.
's homer was the only blemish on Ramirez' complete game.
"It was a meaningless home run," Hammock said. "It was good to hit at home but we didn't win the game. (Ramirez) was real good. He was mixing his pitches up and was hitting his spots."