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Dodgers down Cubs in 12th on Ramirez’s 3-run HR

AP, Kyodo

Hanley Ramirez hit a three-run homer in the 12th inning to lift the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night.

Dee Gordon hit a two-out single against Blake Parker (1-1), stole his major league-leading 51st base and came home when Ramirez drove a 1-0 pitch into the Dodgers’ bullpen in left field for his 12th homer after a full-count walk to Justin Turner.

“I was watching the way they were pitching to J.T., and it didn’t look like they wanted to pitch to him. They wanted me,” Ramirez said. “So I told myself to just slow my swing down because I had to come through. He made a mistake up and left something over plate, and I made a good swing. That’s what we’re here for — to win games.”

Jamey Wright (4-2) allowed two hits over two innings to get the victory and help the Dodgers increase their NL West lead over San Francisco to 3½ games.

Junior Lake pushed a bunt single past the right of the mound with one out in the Cubs’ seventh and came all the way around on a double to right-center by Arismendy Alcantara, tying the score 2-2. It was the third hit of the game for the switch-hitting rookie. Teammate Starlin Castro also had three hits, including an RBI single in the first.

Matt Kemp gave NL West-leading Los Angeles a 2-1 lead in the fourth against left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada with a drive into the pavilion seats in left-center after a leadoff walk to Ramirez.

It was the 12th homer this season and fourth in five games for the two-time All-Star, who has four homers and 12 RBIs in 11 games since manager Don Mattingly shifted him from left field to right and Yasiel Puig from right to center.

Ryu Hyun-jin allowed two runs and nine hits through seven innings and struck out six. The left-hander, working on five days’ rest, was lifted for a pinch hitter after throwing 108 pitches.

That pinch hitter was Yasiel Puig, who didn’t start because of a sore left hamstring. He singled leading off the seventh, but was picked off by right-hander Brian Schlitter. The original ruling by umpire David Rackley was “safe,” but a replay challenge by Cubs manager Rick Renteria got the decision overturned.

Wada allowed two runs and six hits over 5⅔ innings and struck out six in his fourth major league start.

“I didn’t pitch that well,” said Wada. “First the walk, then the home run, the one thing I had to avoid, so I need to learn from that.

Wada left with two outs in the sixth and a runner on third as right-hander Carlos Villanueva came on to get a pop fly to end the inning.

“I wasn’t surprised,” Wada said. “I knew we were trying to win the game. I respect the decision. My pitch count was high . . .”

Padres 3, Braves 2 (12)

In San Diego, Will Venable hit a game-winning single in the bottom of the 12th inning off closer Craig Kimbrel to give the Padres a triumph over Atlanta.

Mets 4, Giants 2

In New York, Jacob deGrom outpitched Jake Peavy in a tantalizing hitless duel that carried into the seventh inning before the Mets broke loose and beat San Francisco.

Pablo Sandoval doubled off deGrom with two outs in the top of the seventh for the game’s first hit.

Peavy was perfect until Daniel Murphy hit a one-out double into the bottom of the seventh on a ball that left fielder Michael Morse misjudged. New York went on to score four runs to back deGrom (6-5), and the rookie won his fifth straight start.

Peavy (1-11) lost his 11th decision in a row, a streak that started with Boston.

Cardinals 9, Brewers 7

In St. Louis, Kolten Wong broke out of a slump with a home run and three RBIs and Justin Masterson won his Cardinals debut as they defeated Milwaukee.

Nationals 11, Phillies 0

In Washington, Anthony Rendon homered and drove in four runs, Jordan Zimmermann pitched seven strong innings and the Nationals routed Philadelphia.

Marlins 2, Reds 1 (10)

In Miami, Christian Yelich’s RBI single in the 10th inning lifted the Marlins over Cincinnati.

Pirates 8, Diamondbacks 3

In Phoenix, Andrew McCutchen drove in the go-ahead run with an infield single in the eighth inning, then was hit by a pitch in the ninth as Pittsburgh beat Arizona.

McCutchen’s infield single off third baseman Andy Marte’s glove keyed a four-run eighth inning to make it 5-1.