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Dan Haren has a 2.70 ERA in his past four starts

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By Jon Weisman

Dan Haren’s third pitch was a microcosm of the fears of Dodger fans. His next 86 pitches summed up all their dreams.

Haren quickly bounced back after a leadoff home run by Curtis Granderson to retire 21 of his final 23 batters, allowing two hits, walking none and striking out six, in the Dodgers’ 6-2 victory over the New York Mets tonight.

With his third strong start in his past four, Haren lowered his ERA over his past 23 1/3 innings to 2.70, with 20 strikeouts and only four walks.

Haren also had a night of extremes at the plate. He bunted into a double play with two on in the third inning, ahead of Dee Gordon’s game-tying RBI, then missed a suicide squeeze in the fifth, before singling home the go-ahead run. Haren leads Dodger pitchers with five RBI in 2014.

Two innings later, the Dodgers took advantage of a key Mets error (sandwiched by Dee Gordon’s MLB-leading 11th triple of 2014 and Matt Kemp’s two-run double for three unearned runs to bust the game open. Gordon was 3 for 5 tonight. A.J. Ellis added an RBI double down the right-field line in the eighth for the Dodgers’ final run.


Van Slyke still playing against lefties, but lefties are few and far between


Hello, Hanley


  1. Robert Palmer

    Sent from my iPhonej


  2. oldbrooklynfan

    It certainly wasn’t what I expected from the Mets. I thought they would come out like a house of fire but they lived up to their won & Loss record. I’m hoping Greinke will will be on his game tonight to maybe keep the Mets tame again. They can be very surprising at times.

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