Dodgers' Schmidt beats Reds in 1st start since '07

BY foxsports • July 21, 2009

Manny Ramirez didn't plan to upstage teammate Jason Schmidt in his first major league start in more than two years.

Ramirez hit his 537th home run to pass Mickey Mantle into 15th place on the all-time list, Schmidt lasted long enough to get the victory, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-5 on Monday night.

"I signed here so I could be on a winning team and have a chance to go to the playoffs and get a World Series ring. And to get a pickup like Manny is going to put us right there," Schmidt said. "I was disappointed not to have that opportunity over the last few years to contribute, but hopefully I can help out a little bit."

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