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Dodgers win as Manny sorry

THE Los Angeles Dodgers met with Manny Ramirez on Friday for the first time since their slugger was suspended, then beat the Florida Marlins 6-4 to notch their third consecutive win.

Ramirez, suspended for 50 games last week after testing positive for a banned substance, apologized to his teammates, and manager Joe Torre said he was satisfied with the meeting.

"I think it went well," Torre told reporters. "I think he really wanted to address the team once he was ready. He's entertaining that he'll work out with us at home (games).

"He hasn't done a whole lot since the suspension and I think he's getting anxious to start doing physical stuff."

Elsewhere in the National League, it was: Mets 8, Giants 6; Padres 5, Reds 3; Braves 4, Diamondbacks 3; Rockies 3, Pirates 1; and Phillies 10, Nationals 6 (in 12 innings).

In the American League, it was: Yankees 5, Twins 4; Blue Jays 8, White Sox 3; Rangers 10, Angels 8; Mariners 5, Red Sox 4; Royals 8, Orioles 1; Rays 8, Indians 7; and Tigers 14, Athletics 1.

In Miami, Juan Pierre, starting in place of Ramirez in left field, went 2-for-4 against his former team, while Jonathan Broxton closed out the game when the Marlins had two players in scoring position.

Florida jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Dodgers starter Eric Stults, who lasted five innings. Cody Ross hit a two-run home run in the fourth and Hanley Ramirez added an RBI double in the fifth for the Marlins (17-19).

The Dodgers clawed back to 3-3 in the sixth, boosted by solo homers by Casey Blake and pinch-hitter Xavier Paul. Pierre's two-run single in the seventh made it 5-3.

Pierre, who played three seasons in Florida where he won a World Series title in 2003, is batting .424 since moving into the starting lineup and is thriving after going from a regular starter to a bench player last season.

"I didn't let it discourage me, I stayed ready in case something happened," Pierre said. "Mentally, I can only control what I can control. Right now, I'm getting the opportunity and making the most of it."

The Marlins have lost five in a row and are 6-18 since beginning the season with a franchise-best record of 11-1.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez and second baseman Dan Uggla were ejected in the eighth while arguing a reversed call that sent Uggla back to bat after he was originally ruled hit by a pitch.

In New York, Melky Cabrera lined a two-out, bases-loaded single in the ninth off Twins closer Joe Nathan to give the Yankees a dramatic 5-4 comeback victory.

Minnesota led 4-2 going into the final frame but the Yankees made it a one-run game after Brett Gardner hit a leadoff triple and scored on Mark Teixeira's double to right.

A walk to Alex Rodriguez and a later intentional walk to Robinson Cano loaded the bases with two outs for Cabrera, who lashed a low, outside fastball to left to score two runs and set off a wild celebration on the field by the pinstripers.

"I think we have a ball club that's gonna never give up," said Gardner, who entered the game after outfielder Johnny Damon was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the third inning.

Jose Veres (2-1), the sixth Yankees pitcher, got the win after striking out the only batter he faced in the ninth.

Nathan (1-1), one of baseball's elite relievers, gave up three runs on three hits and two walks and took the loss.

Justin Morneau belted two home runs and Joe Mauer powered another for Minnesota (18-18). Derek Jeter and Gardner homered for the Yankees (18-17).


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