Ramirez homers in first off Pads' Geer

Updated: July 5, 2009, 2:38 AM ET
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SAN DIEGO -- Manny Ramirez hit his first home run since his return from a 50-game suspension for violating baseball's drug policy.

It was Ramirez's seventh of the season and 534th of his career, tying Jimmie Foxx for 16th on the all-time list. Up next is Mickey Mantle with 536.

The slugger gave the Los Angeles Dodgers a 1-0 lead Saturday when he drove a 1-2 changeup from San Diego's Josh Geer an estimated 369 feet into the seats in left field at Petco Park with two outs in the first inning.

"I think this is his comfort zone, in that batter's box, in the ballpark, in the clubhouse, something that he hasn't had for a couple of months," manager Joe Torre said after the Padres beat the Dodgers, 7-4. "I think it's going to take a little time, but I think it's just him getting the rust off and getting used to what he's doing."

Ramirez returned Friday night after sitting out 50 games. He went 0-for-3 with a walk before leaving the game after the sixth inning.

Ramirez dodged reporters afterward, leaving the clubhouse through a side door.

"I think this is the best medicine for him after having to go through what he went through," Torre said. "Again, it's not that you're feeling sorry for him because he obviously was suspended for a reason and we're past that."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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