The Los Angeles Dodgers broke open a tight game with a seven-run sixth inning en route to a 17-4 thrashing of the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.
Matt Kemp went 4-for-5 with five RBIs and a homer and Manny Ramirez seemed to have broken out of a prolonged hitting slump.
Maybe it was the rogue Dodgers fan who ran onto the field during the top of the fifth. Or maybe it was just a matter of time before Ramirez started hitting again.
Whatever the reason, Ramirez ended his funk with two thunderous swings.
In the bottom of the fifth, with the Dodgers clinging to a 4-3 lead, Ramirez crushed a 2-2 curveball over the left-field fence for a solo home run.
An inning later Ramirez struck again and drove a stake through the Brewers' hopes for a rally. He smacked a two-run double with the bases loaded to break the game open as the Dodgers scored seven runs in the sixth.