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Hot Manny ejected as Dodgers drub Mets

MANNY Ramirez drove in three runs as the Dodgers beat the New York Mets 8-0 on Tuesday, but the Los Angeles slugger was ejected in the fifth inning for an incident involving the home plate umpire.

Ramirez, playing in his fourth game since returning from a 50-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy, gave the Dodgers a 3-0 lead with a two-run single in the second and then drove in another run in the fourth.

After being called out on strikes by home plate umpire John Hirschbeck in the fifth with the bases loaded, Ramirez, without looking, flipped his arm protector in Hirschbeck's direction.

It landed near home plate and Ramirez was ejected.

Clayton Kershaw (6-5) combined with three relievers on a four-hitter, pinch-hitter Blake DeWitt hit a seventh-inning homer and Los Angeles twice scored with bases-loaded walks.

Injury-hit New York has lost nine of 11 and gone scoreless in 22 consecutive innings, getting just 10 hits - all singles. Mets pitchers walked seven against the Dodgers, and New York batters twice grounded into double plays.

While losing four straight, which includes a weekend sweep in Philadelphia, the Mets have hit .183, been outscored 3-21 and struck out 28 times.

Mike Pelfrey (6-4) fell to 2-4 in his last 11 starts, allowing five runs - four earned - eight hits and three walks in three-plus innings.

Elsewhere in the National League, it was: Reds 4, Phillies 3; Braves 2, Cubs 1; Pirates 6, Astros 3; Cardinals 5, Brewers 0; Rockies 5, Nationals 4; Diamondbacks 4, Padres 3; and Giants 3, Marlins 0.

In the American League, it was: Yankees 10, Twins 2; Tigers 8, Royals 5; Rays 3, Blue Jays 1 (in 11 innings); Red Sox 5, Athletics 2; White Sox 10, Indians 6; Rangers 8, Angels 5; and Orioles 12, Mariners 4.

In New York, Ramirez was also called out on strikes in the first inning and after initially disagreeing with the umpire conceded Hirschbeck was correct.

"The first time, I came in and looked at the replay and it was a strike, so the next at-bat I told him: 'My bad, it was a strike'. And he told me, 'Thanks for that'," Ramirez told reporters.

After the second strikeout in the fifth inning, Ramirez flipped his bat and helmet toward the Dodgers' dugout, then undid his arm protector and flipped that too.

Replays showed the third strike was actually outside, MLB's official Website reported.

"He (Hirschbeck) made a mistake," Ramirez said. "I think it's a ball. I just threw my pad and walked to the field.

"I was coming out in the fifth anyway, so no big deal," Ramirez added.

In Minneapolis, CC Sabathia's return to form helped the New York Yankees romp to victory over the Minnesota Twins, the starter tossing three-hit ball over seven innings in a dominant display.

Sabathia (8-5) struck out three and allowed only one run to erase the memories of a poor previous outing in an 4-8 defeat to Seattle last Thursday.

The Yankees batters also played a major role in the win with 16 combined hits, pounding Minnesota starter Scott Baker (6-7) for five runs in three innings to lay the foundations for victory.

Reliever Brian Duensing fared just as badly, giving up four more runs to a rampant Yankees line-up in two-plus innings.

First baseman Mark Teixeira led the onslaught with four hits while center fielder added Brett Gardner three.

The Yankees (50-34) led 5-1 after four innings and broke the game open with five runs in the sixth, highlighted by Robinson Cano's two-run single and Gardner's two-run triple.


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