Hanley Ramirez didn’t get the cheers he thought he would in his first game back at Marlins Park.
But he did win and enjoy his most productive game yet in a Dodgers uniform.
Playing against his former team just a couple of weeks after he was shipped off to Los Angeles with reliever Randy Choate for pitcher Nathan Eovaldi and another minor-league prospect, Ramirez stuck it to the Marlins on Friday night.
He produced three singles, scored a run and had two RBI as the Dodgers rolled to a 5-2 victory behind ace Clayton Kershaw in front of an announced crowd of 28,130 that booed Ramirez — the former face of the franchise — as much as it could.
“I heard it. But it’s OK,” said Ramirez, who went up into the stands after the game to gather his three children. “I still love them. I got a lot of love for [the fans]. There was a lot of support for seven years down here.”
The Marlins (51-62) produced just four hits and saw Carlos Lee’s 14-game hitting streak come to an end, a day after Jose Reyes’ 26-game hit streak ended in New York.
Ramirez broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth with a grounder through the hole into right field off starter Mark Buehrle, then drove in an insurance run in the seventh off reliever Ryan Webb — after the Marlins intentionally walked Matt Kemp to face him with load the bases — when he reached on a dribbler up the third-base line.
“I would have done it too,” Ramirez said of the Marlins’ decision to intentionally walk Kemp to face him. “I’m hitting .240.”
Buehrle (9-11) gave up four earns runs — all in the sixth — and failed to pick up his 10th win on his fifth consecutive try. The last pair came on Juan Rivera’s home run to left field.
Kershaw had a much better night.
After giving up a 430-foot solo home run to Justin Ruggiano to center with one out in the first, he retired 13 in a row before John Buck singled past Ramirez at short to open the sixth inning. The Marlins then loaded the bases with nobody out on Gorkys Hernandez’s infield single to third and a Donovan Solano grounder to Ramirez at shortstop, which he was unable to get to second in time for a forceout.
But as usual, the Marlins couldn’t deliver the big hit. Ruggiano bounced to short, forcing a runner out at home, Lee sent a sacrifice fly to center and Giancarlo Stanton flew out to the warning track in left for the final out. Kershaw went 6 1/3 innings and struck out seven.
The Marlins loaded the bases again — and got to see Choate (who walked Bryan Petersen) — in the seventh. But with two outs, Ronald Bellisario got Solano to bounce out to third to end the threat.
“That was the game right there — we had three good chances,” manager Ozzie Guillen said.
Ramirez, who hadn’t had a three-hit game since May 30, finished 3 for 5 at the plate and raised his batting average to .259 with the Dodgers (61-52). Chad Gaudin struck him out looking in his final at-bat.
Even before he stepped into the batter’s box for his first at-bat, Ramirez was already being pelted with boos. Although some fans provided a few mixed cheers, Ramirez appeared a bit agitated. He flailed and missed at the first pitch thrown his way — a high fastball from Buehrle.
“I was kind of surprised they booed him as much as they did,” Buehrle said. “I kind of stepped back to give him his moment I guess, tip his hat, but I guess he got booed too much, and he couldn’t do it.”
“I just know how my knee feels, and I know it doesn’t feel good,” Morrison said. “... When two of the best knee doctors in the world say I need surgery, it’s probably a good indication.”