Ethier's HR propels Dodgers over Diamondbacks

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 19, 2014 at 11:53 pm •  Published: April 19, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dan Haren didn't let a little thing like a four-run inning discourage him. He had plenty of confidence in his teammates' ability to get him some runs, and they didn't disappoint him against a pitcher they'd never seen before.

Andre Ethier hit a three-run homer and the Dodgers rallied to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-6 on Saturday.

"That inning was kind of fluky there. It seemed like everything that could have gone wrong did," Haren said. "Even when I got back to the dugout, I was saying: 'If we can keep them there at four, we're going to win this game.' Then the offense really stepped up, and it was one hit after the other. It was really fun."

Haren (3-0) was charged with five runs — two earned — and seven hits over 7 1-3 innings. The right-hander struck out five in his fourth start of the season, six days after his 8-6 victory over the Diamondbacks at Phoenix.

"He has a few weapons he likes to go to," Diamondbacks left fielder Mark Trumbo said of his former Angels teammate. "He usually likes to work the outer half of the plate, and that's what he did tonight with his cutter, his two-seamer, his split and his curve. He's had a great career — and more than anything, he knows how to pitch. So you take the runs where you can get them. We got four, but he battled back and they battled back."

Haren departed with an 8-4 lead and was replaced by Brian Wilson, who gave up a two-run double by Martin Prado before retiring Chris Owings on a grounder with runners at the corners to end the eighth. Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth for his sixth save.

Mike Bolsinger (0-1) made his first major league start and was charged with seven runs — six earned— and seven hits in four-plus innings. He struck out five of the first 11 batters he faced.

The 26-year-old righty was inserted into the rotation in place of an ineffective Trevor Cahill, who went 0-4 with a 9.17 ERA before earning his first career save on Friday. Cahill pitched three perfect innings of relief Saturday, and has retired all 12 batters he's faced since his 8-6 loss to Haren on April 13.

Bolsinger pitched three innings last Monday in his big league debut, allowing two runs and six hits against the New York Mets after winning both of his starts with Triple-A Reno.