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For the second time this season, Dan Haren took the mound on a day other than his initially scheduled start. Rather than start Haren in Wednesday’s afternoon game, manager Don Mattingly pushed the right-hander back to Friday.

As he previously did, Haren responded well to the extra rest. The right-hander allowed a one-out single in the first inning to Chris Owings but nothing else. The Los Angeles Dodgers loaded the bases with two outs behind a trio of singles, however they came away empty as Justin Turner flied out to right.

With Turner’s out, the Dodgers dropped to an MLB-worst 17-for-100 with the bases loaded. After Haren retired the side in order in the second inning, Hanley Ramirez hit a bloop single to right that scored A.J. Ellis from second base and the Dodgers took a 1-0 lead.

The Dodgers got to Vidal Nuno again in the third inning as Matt Kemp hit an opposite field leadoff home run to extend the Dodgers’ lead. Haren retired nine straight before Mark Trumbo hit a two-out double in the fourth inning. Haren then struck out Miguel Montero and the Arizona Diamondbacks continued to trail by two runs.

A.J. Pollock led off the fifth inning with an infield single and it was followed by Jake Lamb’s double down the left field line. A Didi Gregorius sacrifice fly cut the Dodgers lead in half before Haren managed to get out of the inning.

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Matt is a journalist from Whittier, California. A Cal State Long Beach graduate, Matthew occasionally contributes to Lakers Nation, and previously served as the lead editor and digital strategist at Dodgers Nation, and the co-editor and lead writer at Reign of Troy, where he covered USC Football. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mmoreno1015

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