Dan Haren continued his second wind of the 2014 season on Wednesday night tossing seven scoreless innings. He received plenty of help from Carl Crawford’s big night at the plate as the Los Angeles Dodgers knocked off the San Diego Padres 4-0.
The light hitting Padres managed only four hits and a walk against Haren. The Dodger righty finished strong retiring 10 of the final 11 batters he faced. Haren has now posted a 5-1 record with a 1.70 ERA over his last seven starts.
Haren, 33, now owns a 3.99 ERA lowering it below 4.00 for the first time since June 30. He beat Ian Kennedy who has not won a game against the Dodgers in what will be two years Thursday.
Wednesday was the final meeting between the two teams in 2014 as the Dodgers claimed 12 of the 19 games this season.
Crawford was 4-for-4 with three doubles to drive in a pair of runs and score another. He lined a double to left-center to plate Matt Kemp in the second inning to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead early on. He was far from finished.
After his second double of the night, Crawford scored on a Juan Uribe single in the seventh to lengthen the lead. The Dodgers would tack on one more run in the ninth when Crawford again doubled to score Darwin Barney.
Crawford has been red-hot to start September hitting .517 (15-for-29) in nine games (six starts). Going even further back, Crawford is hitting .406 in his last 32 games and has played a major role in the recent production of the offense.
Hanley Ramirez accounted for the Dodgers second run of the night when he drove in Justin Turner with a base hit in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The Dodgers finish the home stand winners in six of the nine games as they head north to start the biggest series of the season to this point with the San Francisco Giants clinging to a 2.5 game lead.
WP: Dan Haren (13-10, 3.99)
LP: Ian Kennedy (10-13, 3.77)
-Haren (13-10) joins Clayton Kershaw (18-3), Zack Greinke (14-8), and Hyun-Jin Ryu (14-6) as Dodger starter with 13 wins. It is the first time the Dodgers have achieved such a feat since 1985 when Orel Hershiser (19-3), Fernando Valenzuela (17-10), Jerry Reuss (14-10), and Bob Welch (14-4) did just that.