Haren, Dodgers Outlast Braves Again, 4-2
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ATLANTA (CBSLA.com/AP) — Dan Haren pitched six solid innings Tuesday and sparked the go-ahead rally with a single, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to another win over the skidding Atlanta Braves, 4-2.
Haren (10-9) surrendered a fourth-inning homer to B.J. Upton that put the Braves up 2-1, but the light-hitting pitcher came through with a one-out single to right in the fifth. Carl Crawford followed with a double, and Haren scored the tying run on Yasiel Puig’s grounder to third.
Tuesday marked Haren’s second consecutive win, following weeks of struggles.
Matt Kemp hit a little blooper to right that just got over the glove of second baseman Tommy La Stella, bringing home Crawford.
Recent pickup and former Cubs infielder Darwin Barney showed plenty of hustle in the ninth inning, scoring from third on a passed ball to give the Dodgers the 2-run insurance.
That was enough for the Dodgers.
Mike Minor (4-8) matched his longest outing of the past month after being skipped his previous turn in the rotation. The Atlanta lefty went 6 2-3 innings, allowing eight hits and all three Dodgers run.
Kenley Jansen earned his 33rd save.
The Braves lost for the 11th time in their last 13 games, including two straight to the Dodgers.
With Los Angeles up 1-0, Upton drove his ninth homer of the season deep into left-field seats. It was his sixth career homer off the Dodgers right-hander; Upton has no more than three homers against anyone else.
Minor came into the game with a 5.42 ERA, having surrendered nine hits, two homers and five runs in his most recent start Aug. 1, a 10-1 loss at San Diego.
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