Updated Jun 14, 2014 - 10:22 pm
Haren helps Dodgers edge Diamondbacks
Dee Gordon hit a rare home run for the Dodgers, who are 10-3 against the Diamondbacks and 27-30 against everyone else. With six games left between the NL West rivals, this is the earliest the Dodgers have ever clinched a season series with Arizona. They began the year by sweeping a two-game set in Sydney, Australia.
Haren (7-4) allowed three runs and eight hits, including a one-out single in the seventh by pinch-hitter Jordan Pacheco that chased the former Diamondbacks right-hander. Haren, coming off a 6-2 victory last Monday at Cincinnati, has won back-to-back starts first the first time since beating Arizona by identical 8-6 scores in a span of seven days in April.
Kenley Jansen got three outs for his 19th save despite giving up a leadoff homer in the ninth by Martin Prado — his third hit of the game and 1,000th of his career.
Arizona right-hander Josh Collmenter (4-4) gave up six runs and eight hits through six innings. He is winless in three starts since his three-hit shutout against the Reds on May 29.
Prado gave the Diamondbacks a 3-2 lead with an RBI single in the fourth, but the Dodgers responded with four runs in the bottom half.
Matt Kemp singled in a run and Haren drove a 1-0 pitch to right-center field, clearing the bases as teammate Clayton Kershaw jumped for joy in the dugout. The 12-year veteran, who had one RBI in 26 at-bats over his 13 previous starts this season, has 71 hits and a .209 career batting average.
The damage could have been worse for Collmenter had Paul Goldschmidt not robbed Andre Ethier of at least a double three batters earlier with a diving stop toward the first-base line and toss to Collmenter for the out.
Goldschmidt opened the scoring in the first with a two-run homer after a leadoff double by Didi Gregorius. The Dodgers tied it in the fourth with a two-run shot by Gordon, who turned on an 0-1 pitch and drove it into the first row of seats in the right-field corner. It was the second homer this season for the second baseman, and just his fourth in 874 big league at-bats to that point.
Yasiel Puig walked in the first inning and tried to flip the bat toward the Dodgers' dugout, but it went high in the air. Umpire Bill Welke and catcher Miguel Montero had to duck out of the way to keep from getting hit by it. Montero then threw out Puig trying to steal second.
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