LOS ANGELES -- Fans have been waiting awhile for this one. Finally, a day when the Los Angeles Dodgers -- all of them, really -- can feel good about themselves as they posted a season-high 12 runs in a 12-2 pasting of the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates.
How it happened: The Dodgers picked up two runs in the first off Pirates starter Brandon Cumpton, both with two outs, on singles from Hanley Ramirez and Matt Kemp. After taking a breather in the second, they piled on four more in the third. Ramirez again singled home a run, followed by an RBI double from Adrian Gonzalez, a Kemp sacrifice fly and a scoring single from Justin Turner. Cumpton was still on the mound an inning later when the Dodgers hung five more on the board, this time on the strength of a two-run bomb from Ramirez, another single from Turner and a triple from Drew Butera that was maybe 3 inches from clearing the wall.
Ramirez would later add a solo shot for his second multihomer game of the year.
Hits: Ramirez. Four of them to be specific. Hanley's final line: 4-for-4, 2 homers, 4 runs and 5 RBIs, the latter two tying his career highs. He bumped his OPS from .767 to .820. Kemp, Turner and Gonzalez were strong as well (nine hits, five RBIs among them). As a team, the Dodgers were a robust 8-for-14 with runners in scoring position through the first six innings. Hyun-Jin Ryu gave up 10 hits over six innings but limited the damage to only two runs for his sixth win of the season.
Misses: Andre Ethier was the only starter to finish the game without a hit. He did score two runs to contribute to the cause. On an afternoon where basically nothing went wrong, someone has to fill this category, right?
Up Next: The Dodgers finish off their four-game set with Pittsburgh on Sunday, first pitch at 5:05 p.m. Edinson Volquez (2-4, 4.20) who threw 28 innings over six games with the Dodgers last season, faces Zack Greinke (8-1, 2.18).