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10/16/08 1:36 AM EST

Manny extends RBI mark for LCS

Ramirez drives in run in ninth straight game with homer in sixth

LOS ANGELES -- Manny Ramirez extended his Major League record by driving in a run in his ninth straight League Championship Series game Wednesday in Game 5 of the NLCS when he smashed a homer out to right in the sixth.

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The homer was his 28th in the postseason, also extending an MLB record.

Ramirez's solo shot off Phillies starter Cole Hamels accounted for the Dodgers' only run of the evening and finished the game's scoring in Philadelphia's 5-1 win. Ramirez went 2-for-3 with a walk in the game.

The left fielder was the Dodgers' most consistent source of offense in the NLCS, going 8-for-15 (.533) with two homers and seven RBIs, including 7-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

For the playoffs, he hit .520 (13-for-25) with four homers and 10 RBIs, although the Cubs and Phillies pitched around him by walking the slugger 11 times.

"He's a big reason why we got so far into the postseason," Dodgers catcher Russell Martin said. "What he does on the field, you can't compare, the best hitter I've ever seen, and he just does it every day. It's unbelievable."

Michael Schwartz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.