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Dodgers tally 17 to rout Brewers

PITCHER’S DOZEN: In his 12th appearance this season, Taiwanese reliever Kuo Hong-chih struck out three Milwaukee batters while allowing no hits or runs

Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kuo Hong-chih of Taiwan throws against the Milwaukee Brewers during the seventh inning in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

PHOTO: AP

NATIONAL LEAGUE

AP, LOS ANGELES, WITH STAFF WRITER

Manny Ramirez ended his 10-game RBI drought with a homer and a two-run double in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 17-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League on Tuesday.

Matt Kemp had a homer among his four hits while driving in five runs. Kemp had two hits and two RBIs during the seven-run sixth inning, while Russell Martin reached base five times and had three RBIs in the Dodgers’ highest-scoring home game in 30 years. With a season-high in runs on 18 hits, Los Angeles improved the majors’ best record to 66-41.

Left-handed reliever Kuo Hong-chih made his 12th appearance this season and his fifth since coming back from injury at the end of last month. The Taiwanese pitched one inning, striking out three without giving up any hits or runs.

In his last five appearances, he has pitched four-and-two-third innings, struck out six batters and has not allowed any runs, decreasing his earned run average from 6.75 to 3.6.

The Dodgers hadn’t scored 17 runs at Dodger Stadium since May 25, 1979, against Cincinnati.

Ramirez homered off Yovani Gallardo (10-8) in the fifth. He hadn’t driven in a run since his pinch-hit grand slam July 22.

Ramirez, in a 7-for-44 slump before his 12th homer, had a two-run single in the sixth.

DIAMONDBACKS 6, PIRATES 0

At Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Yusmeiro Petit took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and combined with Leonel Rosales on a one-hitter as Arizona beat Pittsburgh.

Petit (2-5), who snapped a seven-game losing streak with his first victory in more than 11 months in his most recent start, walked three and struck out four in eight innings. The right-hander threw a season-high 107 pitches — 73 for strikes — in going longer than seven innings for the first time in his career.

Ronny Cedeno lined a single to left after Ramon Vazquez led off the eighth with a walk, ending the quest for what would have been the second no-hitter in Diamondbacks history.

Ryan Roberts went 4 for 5 with two home runs for Arizona, which has won five of six, while Chris Young homered and Mark Reynolds had three hits and an RBI.

Petit was 8-15 with a 5.76 in 59 appearances, 29 starts, in his career.

The Pirates have lost three straight and eight of 10. They have been shut out in their last three meetings with Arizona over the past 11 days. They have been shut out 13 times in all, most in the majors.

In other NL action it was:

• Rockies 8, Phillies 3

• Cubs 6, Reds 3

• Nationals 6, Marlins 4

• Cardinals 12, Mets 7, 10 inns

• Giants 8, Astros 1

• Braves 9, Padres 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE


REUTERS AND AP, DETROIT, MICHIGAN, AND ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA

Rookie pitcher Brian Matusz made a dream start to his Major League career on Tuesday, leading the Orioles to an 8-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers and spoiling Jarrod Washburn’s arrival in Motor City.

Earlier, Washburn (8-7) had been named the American League pitcher of the month for July, but the hard-throwing lefty will have earned few votes this month for his first outing since leaving Seattle for Detroit a week ago.

Instead it was 22-year-old Matusz (1-0) who grabbed the spotlight, yielding just one run on six hits in five innings of sturdy work to seal the win.

“It was everything I dreamed of and more,” Matusz told reporters. “I dreamed about that day since I was a little kid, every time someone makes their debut you think, that could be me some day. I’m not going to lie, I was nervous out there but once I got that first strike across I relaxed a little bit.”

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