After big night for Dodgers, Cruz back in lineup

After big night for Dodgers, Cruz back in lineup

PITTSBURGH -- There was no bigger offensive component to the Dodgers' 11-0 win over the Pirates on Tuesday night than Luis Cruz, who started at second base and hit seventh in Los Angeles' lineup.

Cruz went 3-for-5, scored one run and collected three RBIs. On Wednesday, he was back in the starting lineup batting seventh, but this time playing third base.

"These starts he's getting have been the same starts he's been getting before," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "We've got Hanley [Ramirez] at short. He's going to mix and match at third base. He'll get some starts at second base. That's just the way it's going to be."

In his last 10 at-bats entering Wednesday's game, Cruz has six hits, including two doubles. The 28-year-old has driven in four runs during that span.

"I just feel really good at the plate," Cruz said. "I don't know. I've been seeing the ball good and hitting the ball in the right spots."

The Dodgers called Cruz up from Triple-A Albuquerque on July 2. Since then, he has posted a .270 average with two home runs and 22 RBIs in 33 games. He's also batting .371 (13-for-35) with runners in scoring position.

"I think I've been working a lot, and feel really good," Cruz said. "I just want to do my job and improve what I can do. Hopefully, they like the way I play.

"I'm just happy because I'm here and I'm helping the team win. That's the most important thing for us."