Dodgers rally to beat Brewers
Ramírez ties Mantle in career home runs
Manny Ramírez called it just another home run. Dodgers manager Joe Torre acknowledged the feat was special while noting in the same breath the suspicion that will hang over the enigmatic slugger’s final numbers.
Ramírez tied Mickey Mantle on the career home run chart, and Matt Kemp hit a 10th-inning grand slam and made a fantastic catch for the final out to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers over the struggling Brewers, 12-8, last night in Milwaukee.
“It feels good, but it’s just like another home run,’’ Ramírez said. “It makes me proud, but like I said it’s just another home run that I hit. I didn’t even know I tied him.’’
Ramírez’s 536th homer, a two-run shot in the sixth inning, pulled him even with Mantle for 15th place, and the Dodgers rallied against Trevor Hoffman in the ninth. Casey Blake drove in Ramírez with a triple in the 10th, and Kemp’s slam broke it open moments later.
“Manny’s a special talent, he’s a special player, so was Mickey, obviously,’’ Torre said. “I know there’s going to be some questions for the rest of his career. I’m not sure you can question how many he hits, it’s how far they go. I think that’s really what affects it more than anything else.’’
Angels 10, Yankees 6 - Kendry Morales and Erick Aybar hit three-run homers and Los Angeles rallied to spoil Mark Teixeira’s first appearance in Anaheim since he signed a free agent deal with New York in the offseason.
Teixeira went 1 for 5 and stranded four runners.
Alex Rodriguez homered for the Yankees, who failed to extend their eight-game road winning streak despite taking a 4-0 lead in the second. The loss dropped New York a game behind the Red Sox in the AL East.
Reds 3, Mets 0 - Bronson Arroyo threw a four-hitter for his second career shutout, Joey Votto and Laynce Nix homered off Fernando Nieve, and Cincinnati defeated helpless New York at Citi Field.
The Mets - missing injured stars Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado, and Jose Reyes - lost for the sixth time in seven games and 11th in 14, drawing frequent and loud boos from the crowd of 39,203.
Tigers 5, Indians 1 - Edwin Jackson pitched seven strong innings and host Detroit beat Cliff Lee and Cleveland.
Marcus Thames hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning for Detroit, which has won three straight.
Phillies 3, Pirates 2 - Joe Blanton pitched into the eighth inning, Jayson Werth drove in two runs, and host Philadelphia beat Pittsburgh.
The Phillies’ Shane Victorino went 3 for 4 with two doubles, and is 17 for 34 in his last eight games.
Rays 6, Athletics 0 - Jeff Niemann pitched a seven-hitter and Tampa Bay got home runs from Carlos Peña and Evan Longoria to prevail in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Blue Jays 2, Orioles 0 - Brett Cecil outpitched Jason Berken in a duel between struggling rookies, and visiting Toronto shut out Baltimore to snap a three-game skid.
Rangers 6, Mariners 4 - Michael Young hit one of three home runs by Texas, a three-run shot in the third inning, and the Rangers beat host Seattle.
Twins 6, White Sox 4 - Joe Mauer’s two-out RBI single snapped a seventh-inning tie and Minnesota held off visiting Chicago.
Braves 4, Rockies 1 - Derek Lowe pitched six strong innings and Garrett Anderson and Diory Hernandez hit two-run doubles as visiting Atlanta beat Colorado.
Cardinals 8, Cubs 3 - Albert Pujols hit his 32d homer, Ryan Ludwick drove in four runs, and visiting St. Louis beat Chicago in the opener of a four-game series.
Astros 6, Nationals 5 - Geoff Blum drove in Miguel Tejada with a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth to lift Houston.
Diamondbacks 8, Marlins 0 - All-Star Dan Haren threw his second career shutout, Felipe Lopez hit a three-run homer, and host Arizona routed Florida.