LOS ANGELES (AP) — Once he put Paul Goldschmidt's first-inning homer behind him, Dan Haren found his bearings and his rhythm. From then on, it was another professional job for the three-time All-Star.
Haren pitched into the seventh inning and hit a tiebreaking three-run double, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night.
"I was scuffling out of the gate, and it's been the same way for a long time now," Haren said. "I haven't been coming out that crisp out of the bullpen, but I felt really good today and my stuff was there."
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.
"We thought we'd be doing a lot better against everybody, not just these guys," Arizona 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."
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.
"Collmenter did good, except that one inning. But he went out and gave us six innings and just battled and competed," Montero said. "I know that Haren can hit. He can swing the bat. He's not like normal pitchers. I don't know if it was a bad pitch or not."
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