Haren and Gordon bats spark 6-4 win over Diamondbacks

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Dee Gordon's 2-run home run and Dan Haren's bases clearing 3-run double led the scoring and with the pitching by Haren, J.P. Howell, Brian Wilson and Kenley Jansen, the Dodgers got a little closer to the San Francisco Giants

LOS ANGELES -- Dan Haren pitched 6 ⅓ innings, another Dodger hit a 2-run home run and Haren had the key hit in a 4-run rally to spark the 6-4 victory on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium.  The win cut the Dodgers deficit to 6.5 games behind the Giants.

Friday night, it was a home run from an expected source, Matt Kemp, that charged up the crowd; tonight it was one from an unexpected source, Dee Gordon, who pulled an 0-1 pitch into the seats by the RF bullpen to tie the game at 2.

Dan Haren had a couple of rocky innings but again made it to the 7th before yielding to J.P. Howell with one out and one on.  Howell got Didi Gregorius to ground out to second and then struck out Gerardo Parra with Paul Goldschmidt watching from the on-deck circle.

Brian Wilson had a 1-2-3 8th inning.

Kenley Jansen pitched in the 9th inning. He gave up a solo home run to Martin Prado, the next two batters lined out, but he then struck out Micah Owings for his 19th save.

The Diamondbacks got things started in the first inning. With one out and Gregorius on third base, Goldschmidt hit his 14th home run of season to give the Diamondbacks a 2-0 lead.  But in the bottom of the third inning, the aforementioned Gordon home run made it all square at 2.

In the top of 4th, with one out, Miguel Montero hit a ground ball down the RF line that skipped off Adrian Gonzalez's glove for a single.  Aaron Hill followed with a single to LF and then Prado grounded one up the middle to score Montero with Arizona's third run.

The Dodgers answered back with Yasiel Puig leading off the bottom of the 4th inning with a walk and then on a 3-2 count, Gonzalez singled to put runners on first and third. Kemp didn't waste time, singling in Puig to tie the game.

Andre Ethier lost an extra-base hit on a nice play by Goldschmidt, runners went to 2nd and 3rd with one out.  A.J. Ellis was intentionally walked to load the bases. Miguel Rojas flew out to short right field, but then Dan Haren doubled to clear the bases and give the Dodgers their first lead of the game. Gordon grounded out but as they say, the damage was done.

Saturday particulars

Home runs: Paul Goldschmidt (14), Martin Prado (3), Dee Gordon (2)

WP - Dan Haren (7-4): 6.1 IP, 8 hits, 3 runs, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts

LP -  Josh Collmenter (4-4): 6 IP, 8 hits, 6 runs, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts

Sv - Kenley Jansen (19): 1 IP, 1 hit, 1 run, 1 home run, 1 strikeout

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