=== Haren goes after third straight win versus Brewers ===
(SportsNetwork.com) - Dan Haren eyes a third straight win on Sunday when the
Los Angeles Dodgers try to salvage the finale of a three-game series with the
Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium.
After losing five straight starts Haren has put together back-to-back
victories, including a win over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday that gave him 10
wins on the season, marking the 10th consecutive season that he has reached
Haren surrendered two runs and six hits in six innings of that one and
improved to 10-9, while lowering his ERA to 4.50.
"I felt definitely the heat of not doing well for so long," Haren said. "The
self-doubt is going to creep into my mind. It was just weird how it happened.
I was unsure how many starts left I would have, but it was pretty bad coming
to the field and having so many bad starts in a row. How many starts did I
have left? Who's to say if maybe I did bad in Anaheim, I'd throw out of the
bullpen. I don't know."
Haren's roll could continue, as he is 2-0 and has allowed just two runs in 21
1/3 innings lifetime versus the Brewers.
Milwaukee, meanwhile, will counter with righty Wily Peralta, who had a five-
start winning streak stopped his last time out. Peralta lost to Chicago on
Tuesday, as he surrendered three runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings to fall
to 14-7 on the year to go along with a 3.46 ERA.
"For some reason (the Cubs) put good at-bats against me," he said. "It's a
young team, (but) they have big league hitters. I think I'm going to get
another chance to face them and get a win."
Peralta has split two starts with the Dodgers, but has pitched to an 8.22 ERA
Milwaukee handed Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw a rare loss on Saturday, as
Yovani Gallardo outdueled him in the Brewers' 3-2 win.
Gallardo (8-6) went toe-to-toe with the two-time Cy Young Award winner, giving
up a run on six hits over eight efficient frames.
"They were swinging early and that's good," said Gallardo. "It meant that I
was in the strike zone. I just tried to keep the lead. We won. That's the most
Kershaw (14-3), meanwhile, continued his brilliance on the mound but took a
loss for the first time since May 28, a span of 14 starts. The southpaw was
victimized by a pair of homers as he allowed three runs on five hits and
struck out 11 in his sixth complete game of the season.
"I thought Clayton pitched a really good game," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly
said. "He just missed his spots on two pitches. Give them credit. Gallardo
shut us down."
Kershaw, who went 11-0 with a 1.16 ERA over his 13-start unbeaten run, was
vying to become the first Los Angeles pitcher to win 12 straight decisions
since Burt Hooton in 1975.
Ryan Braun and Carlos Gomez each homered off Kershaw to help the NL Central-
leading Brewers to a third straight victory.
Los Angeles has dropped five of its last seven home games.
Milwaukee took two of three from the Dodgers last weekend.
08/17 09:51:52 ET