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Dodgers strike early to blow away Mets

LUCKIER SHIRT Los Angeles’ Manny Ramirez hit two RBI singles, while Randy Wolf earned his first win in eight outings after changing his uniform number from 21 to 43

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Los Angeles Dodgers batter Orlando Hudson hits the ground after being hit by a pitch from New York Mets relief pitcher Brian Stokes in the seventh inning of their National League game in New York on Thursday.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

Orlando Hudson hit a three-run double in the first innings to set the tone early for the Major League-leading Los Angeles Dodgers in their 11-2 thrashing of the New York Mets on Thursday.

The Dodgers (54-31) scored four times in the first inning, while Rafael Furcal recorded three hits and three runs and Matt Kemp tallied three of the team’s 17 hits.

New York pitcher Livan Hernandez lasted just four innings and gave up eight runs. Dodgers left-hander Randy Wolf (4-3) earned the victory, striking out three batters in 6 1-3 innings.

It was the first victory in eight starts for Wolf, who has 12 no decisions this season and switched his uniform number from 21 to 43 in an effort to change his luck. He wore 43 during a successful tenure with the Philadelphia Phillies.

“There’s not a baseball player who isn’t superstitious. I’m happy I changed numbers. We put up 11 runs. I’ll take it,” Wolf said.

The Mets managed two runs against Wolf, including an RBI single in the first inning for Gary Sheffield, who finished 2-for-4.

New York (40-44), however, lost for the 10th time in 13 games and have struggled offensively without the injured Carlos Beltran (knee), Carlos Delgado (hip) and Jose Reyes (hamstring).

Delgado and Reyes have been missing since May, while Beltran has been sidelined since June 22, sending New York into a hitting slump.

Mets All-Star third baseman David Wright had two hits for the second successive day. Prior to Wednesday’s game Wright had hit just 1-for-23 this month.

Los Angeles’ Manny Ramirez finished 2-for-2 with two RBI singles before being replaced in the bottom of the seventh. Ramirez is 6-for-18 with two homers since returning on July 3 from a 50-game suspension for testing positive to a banned drug.

“I feel great. But I’m not 23 anymore,” Ramirez said. “I’ve got to go baby steps.”

PHILLIES 9, REDS 6

At Philadelphia, Jayson Werth homered for the fourth straight game and Chase Utley hit an inside-the-park homer in the Phillies’ win.

Jamie Moyer (8-6) allowed six runs and eight hits in five innings, but Philadelphia’s offense bailed him out again. The Phillies have averaged 8.1 runs in Moyer’s wins.

Werth went deep in the sixth for his seventh homer in 12 games.

MARLINS 14, DIAMONDBACKS 7

In Phoenix, Pinch-hitter Brett Carroll’s three-run homer sparked a franchise-record 10-run eighth inning, helping Florida come back from a seven-run deficit to beat Arizona 14-7 on Thursday night.

Florida matched the team record for the biggest comeback victory and Arizona set a club record for the largest blown lead.

Florida trailed 7-0 after five innings but rallied with three runs in the sixth and one in the seventh. Then the Marlins hit Arizona with the 10-spot in the eighth to make a winner of Kiko Calero (2-0).

The Marlins sent 14 batters to the plate in the eighth against three relievers — Juan Gutierrez, Scott Schoeneweis (1-1) and Blaine Boyer.

Carroll’s homer off Schoeneweis gave Florida an 8-7 lead. Dan Uggla, Cody Ross and Jeremy Hermida followed with RBI singles, and John Baker drove in a run with a double. Another run scored on a passed ball, and the final run came in on Russ Gload’s second fielder’s choice grounder of the inning.

In other NL games, it was:

• Nationals 11, Astros 10, 11 innings, completion of suspended game

• Astros 9, Nationals 4

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