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Dodgers Vs. D-Backs Recap: Dan Haren Allows Two Home Runs In Loss



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After a high-scoring affair Saturday night, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers took the field Sunday to play the rubber match of their-three game series.

Hanley Ramirez got the Dodgers an early 1-0 lead on his second career home run off Diamondbacks right-hander Josh Collmenter. Cody Ross hit a one-out double in the second inning that skipped off Yasiel Puig’s after the right fielder misplayed it.

A.J. Pollock followed with an infield single and Ross then scored on a botched double play attempt as Ramirez’s throw to first sailed wide of Haren, who was covering first base. Adrian Gonzalez helped atone for the run scored the following inning by hitting a towering two-run homer that reached the balcony above the pool area at Chase Field.

The Dodgers’ 3-1 lead would be short lived as Chris Owings delivered an RBI single to cut the D-Backs deficit down to one run. Owings proceeded to steal second base, but was left stranded and the Dodgers held onto their  lead. Collmenter retired the Dodgers in order in the fourth inning, which allowed Ross to tie the game with a solo home run in the bottom of the inning. Eric Chavez hit the Diamondbacks’ second home run of the inning to give his team a 5-3 lead.

Gonzalez hit a one-out single in the sixth and with it, ended Collmenter’s day after 5.1 innings pitched. Oliver Perez came on in relief and he promptly walked Andre Ethier. With the tying runners on base, Matt Kemp pinch-hit for Carl Crawford, but couldn’t come through for the Dodgers as he grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Haren went six innings before giving way to Brandon League, who allowed a two-out single and nothing more to extend his scoreless inning streak to 19.1, spanning 13 games. Brad Ziegler relieved Perez in the eighth and got out of a bases loaded jam to keep the Diamondbacks ahead.

League pitched another scoreless inning in the bottom of the eighth, but the Dodgers were unable to complete a comeback on Diamondbacks closer Addison Reed and lost, 5-3. Along with the loss, Puig’s 16-game hitting streak and eight consecutive games with an RBI and extra-base hit came to an end.
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