=== Haren tries to slow down D'backs' hot bats ===
(SportsNetwork.com) - Los Angeles righty Dan Haren tries to slow down the
suddenly potent Arizona lineup on Sunday when the Dodgers and Diamondbacks
close out a three-game series at Chase Field.
Arizona's bats exploded on Saturday, as Paul Goldschmidt finished 4-for-5 with
a pair of home runs and six RBI in an 18-7 shellacking of the Dodgers. Martin
Prado added three hits and drove in three and Cliff Pennington contributed two
RBI for the Diamondbacks, who snapped a two-game slide and beat the Dodgers
for only the second time in 10 tries this season.
The Diamondbacks also set franchise records for runs scored, hits in a nine-
inning game (21) and extra-base hits (13).
"Anybody they threw at us, we were patient, got good pitches to hit and
hammered them," said Arizona manager Kirk Gibson.
Chase Anderson (2-0) did enough to snag the win, allowing seven hits and five
runs over 5 1/3 innings.
Carl Crawford hit a three-run homer and Yasiel Puig added a two-run blast for
the Dodgers, who surrendered a season high run total in losing for the sixth
time in their last 10. Andre Ethier knocked in two in defeat.
"Give them a lot of credit they swung the bats extremely well," said Dodgers
catcher A.J. Ellis. "Anytime we were in the middle of the plate, they didn't
miss it. That is what good teams do. That is a good team over there."
Clayton Kershaw (2-1) was rocked for six hits and seven runs while recording
only five outs, the second-shortest start of his career.
Now the Dodgers turn to Haren, who is 5-1 with a 2.84 ERA. Haren's resurgence
continued against Miami on Monday, as he bounced back from his lone loss of
the season to beat the Marlins, holding them to three runs and seven hits in
"Typical Dan," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "He stays in the game,
keeps making pitches and kind of hangs in there."
Haren has beaten Arizona twice already this season and is 4-1 in five games (4
starts) versus the D'backs with a 3.10 ERA.
Arizona, meanwhile, will turn to righty Josh Collmenter, who is 1-2 with a
3.89 ERA. Collmenter struggled on Monday against Washington, as he was hit for
four runs and four hits in five innings. He escaped without a decision,
though, in his team's 6-5 loss.
"Colli struggled through five, and didn't have much of changeup tonight, and
they pounded three of them," Gibson said of Collmenter.
Collmenter lost to the Dodgers back on April 20 and is just 3-6 in 13 games (5
starts) against them with a 5.21 ERA.
05/18 10:36:58 ET