Hanley Ramirez made his return to South Florida on Friday and his Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Miami Marlins 5-2. Ramirez picked up three hits and knocked in two runs along the way in his first game ever against the Marlins. Miami which has now lost two games in a row has fallen back to ten games under .500.
Mark Buehrle went six innings in which gave up four runs on seven hits. All four of those runs came in the sixth after Buehrle took part in a pitcher’s duel with Dodgers’ starter Clayton Kershaw. The veteran is 9-11 on the year and has not won since July 14th. Ryan Webb allowed a run in his one inning of work with that run scoring on an infield grounder off the bat of Ramirez. Chad Gaudin worked the last two frames in scoreless fashion to preserve the remaining arms in the pen.
Justin Ruggiano hit his tenth home run of the season in the first inning and it was the only run for Miami until they added a second in the sixth. That second run came on a sac fly after loading the bases with nobody out. As a team, Miami left seven men on base and was 0-6 with runners in scoring position.
The Marlins will look to snap a two game losing streak on Saturday when they take on Joe Blanton. Scheduled start for Miami is Ricky Nolasco