Haren falters, Cardinals beat Dodgers 3-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 19, 2014 at 12:23 am •  Published: July 19, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dan Haren didn't benefit from the All-Star break, and neither did the Los Angeles Dodgers' hitters.

Haren got knocked out in the fifth inning of a 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night. Since limiting the Indians to one hit in seven scoreless innings on June 30, he's lost three straight outings, allowing 15 earned runs in just 14 innings.

"The last two years I had spots where I really struggled and I was able to get through them," Haren said. "I just have to look at that.

"I know it's there."

Haren (8-7) piled up 99 pitches in 4 2-3 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits, and is among the National League leaders with 20 homers allowed.

"It's not so much the inning, it's the number of pitches and you can see where it's going with him," manager Don Mattingly said. "I think we've gotten to know him well enough that you start to see it."

Haren was 4-0 with a 2.39 ERA to start the year and is 4-7 since. He has an overall ERA of 4.30 and had no complaints when Mattingly took the ball.

"I haven't earned his confidence," Haren said. "I understand that."

A.J. Ellis had an RBI double for the Dodgers, battling the Giants for the NL West lead. They remained offensively challenged coming out of the All-Star break, totaling 10 runs the last six games.

"In close games, it's what we talked about before the game — it's making that key pitch, getting that big out and getting that big hit," Mattingly said. "If we were able to get it tonight in any number of innings, at least we get back to square one, and you never know what happens after that."

Matt Holliday hit a homer estimated at 435 feet to straightaway center and doubled with three RBIs, and Lance Lynn won his third straight start for the Cardinals.

Kolten Wong had two hits and scored on both of Holliday's RBI hits for the Cardinals against the team they beat in the NLCS last fall. They have won six of eight and remained a game behind the Brewers for the NL Central lead.

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