In a game long overdue for a clutch hit, along came Hanley Ramirez with a man on second and none out in the 10th inning.

Ramirez already had two singles, but the other team pitched to him anyway. He raised his average to .390 and essentially won the game with an RBI double, the kind of clutch hit the Dodgers have been getting lately - and the sort of thing that has totally deserted the Washington Nationals.

Ramirez drove in Adrian Gonzalez, then scored on Andre Ethier's sacrifice fly in Saturday night's 3-1 win. Among the teammates congratulating Ramirez in the dugout was starter Zack Greinke, who wondered why the Nationals bothered to throw the Dodgers cleanup hitter a strike.

"He (Greinke) said: `Even me, I would have walked you,"' Ramirez said.

As it turned out, Ramirez and Greinke - who raised his average to .406 - combined for half the Dodgers' 10 hits, but everything seems to be going right for a team that has won seven of nine and 19 of 24 to pull within a half-game of the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West.