Ramirez, Cespedes Power Teams to Victory
(NEW YORK) -- A night of offensive outbursts in Major League Baseball were highlighted by a pair of five RBI performances from Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes and Los Angeles' Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez belted two home runs in the Dodgers (30-27) 12-2 rout of Pittsburgh while Cespedes sparked a six-run seventh as the Athletics (34-22) knocked off the Angels 11-3.
For Ramirez, his offense started early with a single in the bottom of the first that scored Andre Either. He did the same thing in the third, giving Los Angeles a 3-0 advantage. In his next at-bat, Ramirez launched a two run shot to center that scored Yasiel Puig and gave the Dodgers an 8-1 lead. His final RBI came on a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth that brought the final score to 12-2.
All five of Cespedes' RBI's came in the seventh and eighth innings as Oakland had to come from behind to get the win. The Athletics entered the bottom of the seventh trailing 3-1 but Cespedes stepped to the plate with a tie score and two runners on. The outfielder tripled to right center, giving Oakland a 5-3 lead over the Angels. He added to his total with three run blast in the bottom of the eighth.
The Athletics hold the American League's best record, leading the AL West, while the Dodgers sit six and a half games back of National League leader San Francisco.
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