The Los Angeles Dodgers were undefeated against the Arizona Diamondbacks this season, but that came to a grinding halt as the Diamondbacks pulled off the 12th inning win on Friday. Dan Haren took the mound Saturday looking to remain undefeated and get the Dodgers back in the win column.
In a contrast from his previous start against the Diamondbacks, Haren had an effortless first inning, which ended in Paul Goldschmidt looking for a called third strike. Mike Bolsinger made the first start of his career and didn’t show any signs of being rattled in the first as he retired the side in order on five pitches. Haren and Bolsinger then both breezed through the second inning.
Mark Trumbo led off the third with a single and reached second on a Chris Owings sacrifice bunt. After reaching third on a Bolsinger singled to left, Trumbo scored on a ground ball that should have been a double play but Hanley Ramirez couldn’t make the transfer. Haren then hit Aaron Hill to load the bases with one out and Goldschmidt extended the Diamondbacks lead to 2-0 with a single. Miguel Montero would drive in two more before Haren could get out of the third.
Haren walked in the third and was the first Dodger to reach base safely, but it was to no avail as Crawford struck out looking to end the inning after Dee Gordon had singled. The Dodgers broke through in the fifth on an Andre Ethier three-run home run. Haren kept the Diamondbacks at bay in the fifth and the flood gates then opened for the Dodgers. The bases were loaded following three consecutive singles. Ramirez reached a chopper to Martin Prado that the third baseman could not handle, which allowed a run to score and the bases to remain loaded. Bolsinger’s night was over as he gave way to lefty Oliver Perez, who allowed a two-run single to Gonzalez. Matt Kemp capped the inning off with a double down the left field line that scored Ramirez and Gonzalez to give the Dodgers an 8-4 lead.
With a comfortable four-run lead, Haren easily got through the sixth and seventh innings before giving way to Brian Wilson with one out in the eighth. Wilson struggled with pitch location in just his second outing since coming off the 15-day disabled list. As a result, the Diamondbacks scored two runs to cut their deficit in half. Trevor Cahill kept the Diamondbacks within two runs in the eighth, which was his third scoreless inning of the game. Kenley Jansen came on in the ninth and struck out Goldschmidt, who represented the tying run. Jansen earned the save and the Dodgers won the game, 8-6.
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