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Ramirez rough on still-winless Cook Dodgers slugger hits two homers in rout of Rockies


Ramirez rough on still-winless Cook Dodgers slugger hits two homers in rout of Rockies
LOS ANGELES - With homers and dreadlocks flying, plus miscues in the outfield, it was definitely a very Manny day at Dodger Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The end result was a 9-5 Los Angeles laugher over the Rockies and their struggling ace, Aaron Cook. It was the Dodgers' seventh consecutive win.

Manny Ramirez hit his first two homers of the season in his first two at-bats, both off Cook.

"I just didn't have it," said Cook, a 16-game winner and all-star last season who's winless this season after three starts with a 10.22 ERA. "I had a good game plan, but I didn't execute any of my pitches."

Cook's ragged outing was reminiscent of opening day against Arizona, when he left the ball up and paid a heavy price. Cook was gone after four innings Saturday, his ledger smeared by five runs and eight hits, including three homers.

Cook said he feels great physically but knows his mechanics are off.

"The sinker is flat and not coming out of my hand right," he said. "I don't have any explosiveness. That doesn't mean

velocity. It just means the ball having good rotation and going down in the zone. That just wasn't there."

Added manager Clint Hurdle: "His priority every game out is to establish the sinker, first and foremost. That didn't happen today and there wasn't a Plan B or a Plan C."

For Ramirez, Saturday marked the 54th multihomer game of his career, tying him with Hall of Famer Frank Robinson for ninth all-time. And he now has 1,732 career RBIs, tying him with Honus Wagner for 19th all-time.

"It's a long season," Ramirez said of his relatively slow start. "So what if you don't hit a home run the first month? You still have to believe in yourself and play the game and keep trying."

In the first inning, he belted Cook's 3-2 fastball into the left-

field bleachers, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Cook labeled that a bad pitch. In the third, Ramirez turned on Cook's 1-0 pitch, driving the ball down the left-field line, putting the Dodgers in front 2-0. Cook said that was a good pitch nailed by a great hitter.

While Ramirez's two homers set the tone, it was Andre Ethier's three-run shot to right in the fourth that gave the Dodgers a 5-0 lead, hastening Cook's departure. Ethier tacked on a solo homer off reliever Alan Embree in the seventh, giving Ethier four RBIs.

Brad Hawpe's two-run triple briefly put the Rockies back in the game in the sixth. Seth Smith drew a walk off Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley, and Todd Helton followed with a single. Hawpe sliced an opposite-field line drive to left, where Ramirez made a comical dive at the ball as two runs came home. Hawpe scored on Ian Stewart's sacrifice fly to right. Stewart also hit a solo homer to right in the eighth, his second this season.

Ramirez's other fielding misadventure came in the second. He camped out under Hawpe's fly to left only to have the ball pop out of his mitt.

"Torii Hunter has how many Gold Gloves? And he misses sometimes," Ramirez joked. "What about me? I don't even have a silver one."

Patrick Saunders: 303-954-1428 or psaunders@denverpost.com


Author:Fox Sports
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Added: April 21, 2009

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