new york – Fans at Citi Field booed the free-falling New York Mets even more loudly than they jeered Manny Ramirez – before he got ejected.
Ramirez drove in three runs with two singles, then was ejected for throwing equipment after his second called strikeout. That was the highlight as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat what’s left of the Mets, 8-0, Tuesday night.
“It’s OK, I was coming out in the fifth inning,” Ramirez said, playfully.
With the Dodgers winning a laugher, manager Joe Torre could smile at that one.
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“He told me that, too. I wasn’t aware of that before that,” Torre said. “It was about time to ask him, but I didn’t need to.”
Clayton Kershaw (6-5) combined with three relievers on a four-hitter, pinch-hitter Blake DeWitt hit a seventh-inning homer off Tim Redding that hit off the front of the second deck in left field, and L.A. twice scored with bases-loaded walks.
New York has lost nine of 11 and gone scoreless in 22 consecutive innings, getting just 10 hits – all singles.
“When you don’t hit or hit singles, you’re a team that looks lethargic, and that’s what we are right now,” New York manager Jerry Manuel said.
While losing four straight, which includes a weekend sweep in Philadelphia, the Mets have hit .183, been outscored 21-3, and struck out 28 times. David Wright went 0-for-3 with a walk and is hitless in his last 16 at-bats as the Mets have dropped into fourth place, 41/2 games behind the NL East-leading Phillies.
But the focus Tuesday night was on Ramirez.
In his fourth game back after a 50-game drug suspension, he argued with plate umpire John Hirschbeck after he was called out in the first, then hit a broken-bat, two-run single with two outs in the second. He added an opposite-field RBI single to right in the fourth, and was called out with the bases loaded and two outs in the fifth. He dropped his bat and threw his helmet and protective gear.
“I didn’t have a problem with the bat and the helmet,” Hirschbeck said. “The elbow pad, tossing it in the air, that’s a bit far.”
Ramirez said the first called strikeout was legit but thought the ball was outside on the second. He didn’t argue the ejection.
“I didn’t want to throw even more fire. I just walked away,” he said.