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Dodgers-Diamondbacks: Haren Dominates Battle Of Aces in 4-1 Loss

In a matchup of two staff aces, the Los Angeles Dodgers took the field behind Clayton Kershaw, but the offense couldn’t find the fire power against Dan Haren and the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 4-1 loss on Friday night.

Haren got the best of the matchup, tossing eight innings for the Diamondbacks (53-63) and allowing one run on six hits while striking out eight; the lone run for the Dodgers (69-47) came on a solo home run from Matt Kemp in the fifth.

Kemp hit a laser beam line drive into the left field seats to get the Boys in Blue on the scoreboard. Kemp jumped all over a first-pitch fastball for his 17th home run of the season, slimming the deficit to three runs at 4-1, but Los Angeles would get no closer.

He also added a double in the ninth to go 2-for-3 on the evening.

Kershaw, despite striking out nine, walked four and threw 97 pitches in only four and 2/3 innings. He surrendered four runs on six hits, but hadn’t allowed four runs in a start since May 12 (102.1 IP).  

Tonight, all four runs scored in one inning alone.

In the four-run second inning, Kershaw walked Mark Reynolds to start the frame.

Miguel Montero promptly doubled Reynolds home to notch a 1-0 lead for Arizona, and another run came across on an RBI groundout by Augie Ojeda.

Haren got in on the offensive action and smacked a hanging curveball into centerfield for an RBI single.

With runners at first and second, Kershaw began to lose his composure and threw a wild pitch that advanced the runners to second and third. He hurled yet another wild pitch that allowed Ojeda to score and pushed the count to 4-0 in favor of the Diamondbacks.

In the sixth, Los Angeles mounted runners at the corners with one out and looked to be threatening against Haren, but the rally abruptly was upended when James Loney grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.

Loney went 0-for-4 on the night and is now 3-for-32 in his last nine games.

Manny Ramirez had much better success, going 3-for-4 off Haren and is now hitting .525 (13-for-23) in his career against the right-hander; Manny’s lone out was a screaming liner caught on the warning track in left.

Ramon Troncoso, Ronald Belisario, and Guillermo Mota combined for three and 2/3 innings of shutout baseball from the bullpen to keep the Dodgers in the game until the final inning.

The Blue Crew was almost able to break through against closer Chad Qualls in the ninth. After a leadoff walk and a fielder’s choice, Kemp ripped a double to put runners at second and third to bring the tying run to the plate.

Qualls buckled down and struck out Orlando Hudson, then got Mark Loretta to fly out to right field to finalize the game and secure a victory for the Diamondbacks.

Tomorrow night the Dodgers will send Hiroki Kuroda (5-5, 4.21) to the mound against Doug Davis (7-10, 3.62) in the second game of the three-game weekend series.

 

 

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WP: Haren (12-7)

LP: Kershaw (8-7)

SV: Qualls (22)

 

Notes from Friday night

 

One for Us, One for You

Ronald Belisario plunked Mark Reynolds with a pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning. In the top of the eighth, Dan Haren retaliated by drilling Andre Ethier between the numbers, and both benches were warned.

 

Gould Inks Deal

Second-round selection Garrett Gould, a 6’4” right-hand pitcher out of Wichita, KS signed with the Dodgers today. Los Angeles has now signed all 11 picks from the first 10 rounds of the first-year player draft in June.

 

NL West Update

The Colorado Rockies, who trailed the Dodgers by five games in the west, lost 6-5 to the Florida Marlins tonight and the San Francisco Giants, who trailed by six and a half games, lost 3-0 to the New York Mets tonight. The losses helped to preserve the Los Angeles cushion within the division.

 

PJ Ross is a Featured Columnist for the Los Angeles Dodgers 

 

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