LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's only mid-June, and the Arizona Diamondbacks have already lost their season series against the NL West rival Los Angeles Dodgers with six games remaining.
Josh Collmenter gave up a two-run homer in the second inning to light-hitting Dee Gordon and a three-run double in the fourth by pitcher Dan Haren, sending the Diamondbacks to a 6-4 loss to the defending division champions on Saturday night.
Martin Prado had three hits for the Diamondbacks, including a leadoff homer in the ninth against Kenley Jansen that gave him 1,000 hits for his career. But it wasn't enough to prevent their 10th loss in 13 meetings against a team that is 27-30 against everyone else.
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.
"We thought we'd be doing a lot better against everybody, not just these guys," Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero said. "Unfortunately, we're not doing good against anybody. So we've just got to pick it up and be a better team the rest of the way."
Collmenter (4-4) was charged with six runs and eight hits over six innings, and is winless in three starts since his three-hit shutout against the Reds on May 29.
"I wanted to go out there for as many innings as possible," Collmenter said. "The guys gave me a lead early and I couldn't hold it, then they gave me another lead and I couldn't hold it. It's disappointing that I didn't hold up my end of the bargain when they're giving me runs and giving me a chance to win."
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.
"It was a pitch out over the middle. He ended up throwing a fastball, it got too much of the plate and he crushed it," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "We know that Dan Haren can swing the bat real well, and three runs on that is hard to overcome."
Haren, a 12-year veteran with 71 hits and a .209 career batting average, had one RBI in 26 at-bats over his 13 previous starts this season.
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