Dan Haren had a difficult end to the first half of the season and pointed to the All-Star break as time he’d use to regather himself.

Haren’s struggles continued as the St. Louis Cardinals jumped ahead in the first inning of Friday’s game. Kolten Wong doubled in the left field corner and Matt Holliday hit an RBI double over Andre Ethier’s head.

After Haren struck out to lead off the third, Dee Gordon walked and reached third base on Yasiel Puig’s single. Hanley Ramirez went down swinging for the second, which was followed by an Adrian Gonzalez walk.

Matt Kemp was unable to solve the Los Angeles Dodgers’ woes with the bases loaded as he struck out to end the inning. Haren collected two strikeouts in the bottom of the third to keep the Dodgers within one run.

Lance Lynn struck out his fifth batter of the game in the fourth in what was another hitless inning for the Dodgers. Allen Craig hit a two-out single and the Dodgers then caught a break as Jon Jay’s double bounced over the left field wall.

Haren intentionally walked Tony Cruz to load the bases with two outs, then got Lynn to bounce into a fielder’s choice. The Cardinals added to their lead in the fifth inning behind a Wong single and Holliday two-run home run.

After Haren walked Craig, he was replaced by Chris Perez, who got out of the inning without allowing further damage. Perez kept the Cardinals off the board in the sixth as he retired the side in order.

Juan Uribe hit a leadoff double down the third base line and A.J. Ellis put the Dodgers on the board with an RBI double to left-center. Justin Turner pinch-hit for Perez and was a productive out that allowed Ellis to move over to third.

The Dodger catcher scored on a wild pitch and the Dodgers trailed 3-2 heading to the bottom of the seventh. Gonzalez singled in the eighth and the Dodgers had the go-ahead runners reach on a Kemp walk.

Miguel Rojas pinch-ran for Gonzalez, but it was to no avail as Ethier struck out and Uribe fouled out. Trevor Rosenthal took the mound in the ninth and closed the door on the Dodgers to earn his 29th save of the season.
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