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Dan Haren took the mound Wednesday night as the Los Angeles Dodgers played their final game before traveling north to face the San Francisco Giants. With the San Diego Padres winning Tuesday, the three-game series was hanging in the balance in the rubber match.
Haren allowed a one-out single and then got Seth Smith looking for the second out. Yangervis Solarte attempted to steal second base and was called safe, however Dodgers manager Don Mattingly challenged the call, which was overturned.
After Haren retired the side in the second, Matt Kemp extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a leadoff single in the bottom half of the inning. Kemp scored on Carl Crawford’s double and the Dodgers took a 1-0 lead.
The Dodgers went on to load the bases with one out in the second inning, but Haren and Yasiel Puig were unable to cash in as both struck out and they carried the 1-0 lead into the third.
Will Venable drew a leadoff walk in the third and Ian Kennedy’s single put two on with one out and gave the Padres their first threat of the night. Haren worked out of the trouble by striking out Cory Spangenberg and getting Solarte to hit into a fielder’s choice.
Justin Turner’s error allowed Smith to reach in the fourth inning and it appeared it would cost the Dodgers as Jedd Gyorko followed with a double that advanced Smith to third base. Haren again worked out of the jam by retiring the next three batters he faced to keep the Dodgers’ 1-0 lead intact.
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