Dodgers lose again with Ramirez, 7-4 to Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers lost their second straight game since acquiring Hanley Ramirez, 7-4 to St. Louis on Thursday as David Freese and Matt Carpenter had three hits each to back Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook.

Ramirez, obtained a day earlier from Miami, started at third base and batted fifth for the second straight game. He had an infield hit, two walks and a steal, and he hit into a double-play grounder. The 2009 NL batting champion is 2 for 6 with three walks an RBI with his new team but the Dodgers are 0-2 since the trade and have lost three in a row overall.

Matt Holliday hit his 17th homer, his third on a 6-1 homestand for St. Louis, which fell behind 4-2 by allowing four runs in the fifth and then scored four in the bottom half. Allen Craig and Tony Cruz each had two hits and an RBI for the Cardinals, who entered six games back in the NL Central.