Ramirez outduels Byrd as Braves edge Angels
ATLANTA (Ticker) --
took a lot of pressure off the
' shorthanded offense.
Ramirez allowed two runs in eight strong innings and
drove in the go-ahead run in his major league debut as the Braves posted a 3-2 victory over the
Los Angeles Angels
Atlanta, which had scored just six runs in its previous four games, was without three of its top offensive players in this one, with
on the disabled list,
out with a concussion and
receiving a day off.
Ramirez (4-4) did not need much help, however, holding Anaheim to just three hits before tiring in the eighth, when
hit consecutive one-out doubles to draw the Angels within 3-2.
The lefthander settled down to retire the next two batters and
worked a perfect ninth for his fourth save in six chances.
"That was the best performance I had all year," said Ramirez, who threw 107 pitches in his longest outing since May 20, 2004. "I felt great. I was able to control my fastball."
"I thought he was outstanding," Braves first baseman
said. "I think the whole staff's been outstanding. He dealt with (not having much run support) great."
Ramirez did create some fireworks early, throwing his second pitch of the game behind Anaheim's
, who caused Estrada's concussion by running shoulder-first into the catcher in the series opener Monday. Plate umpire Lance Barksdale immediately issued a warning to both clubs.
"(The pitch) got away from me," Ramirez said. "It was a lefty batter, it happens every once in a while."
"It's just part of the game," said Erstad, who stated he would not have charged the mound had he been hit. "That's baseball."
believed Ramirez should have been ejected.
"There should have been no warning," Scioscia said. "There's no doubt what the intent of that pitch was. He should have been ejected from the game."
"Immediately, the first thing I wanted to do was go out and stand somebody up," Angels starter
said. "But if I did hit a guy and got thrown out of the game, who do we have to come in?"
Byrd, who won eight games with the Braves last season, did hit
in the fourth inning but was not ejected.
"(The umpires) know I pitch inside all the time," said Byrd, who allowed three runs and nine hits in seven innings. "I said (to Barksdale), 'Lance, I have to throw inside. I'm inside a lot.'"
followed with a single against Byrd (5-5) to put runners at the corners before the 21-year-old Marte, who was recalled Monday to replace
on the roster, lifted a fly ball to center field for a sacrifice fly, giving Atlanta a 2-1 lead.
"I think we're going to like (Marte) a lot," Braves manager
said. "He almost hit one out."
added a solo homer against Byrd in the eighth for the Braves, who won for the second time in six games.
homered for Anaheim, which has lost five of its last eight.