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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dan Haren, the veteran that he is, has made a living pitching deep into games after giving up a few early runs. And, for a change, he was able to do it against the Miami Marlins thanks to a clutch home run by Yasiel Puig.
Puig extended his career-best hitting streak to 12 games with his third home run in four days, a three-run shot that led the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Marlins 6-5 Monday night.
Haren (5-1) overcame a shaky start, allowing three runs and seven hits over seven innings without walking a batter.
“He’s done that all year,” Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier said. “I’ve seen him do that for us, and I’ve seen him to that over the years when we were playing against him. He might give up a few runs, but then he just figures out a way to make quality pitches and get guys out and last seven or eight innings.”
Christian Yelich drove Haren’s 3-2 pitch to left-center in the third for his fourth homer, giving the Marlins the lead. It was the first of four consecutive hits against Haren, including an RBI single by Giancarlo Stanton that extended his career-best hitting streak to 14 games. But Jarrod Saltalamacchia grounded into an inning-ending double play.
“Dan is very intelligent, and he makes adjustments all the time,” pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said. “Without a doubt, he’s just a huge competitor and continues to execute what he wants to execute. He reads things and knows what he can do. And most of the time, it’s worked out pretty good.”
But Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth for his 12th save, one day after he was charged with three runs in the 10th inning of a 7-4 loss to San Francisco.
“It just didn’t work yesterday, but tonight he came out and threw the ball extremely well,” Honeycutt said. “Sometimes in this game, you’ve just got to have those moments to kind of get you going again. As soon as I got here today Kenley told me: ‘I’m available, right?’”
Yelich helped stake Tom Koehler (3-3) to a 3-1 lead with a solo homer in the third, but the Marlins right-hander never made it through the fourth. He walked No. 8 hitter Drew Butera, then Dee Gordon with two outs, and Puig drove the next pitch into the pavilion seats in left-center for his sixth home run to give Los Angeles a 4-3 lead.
“He’s really aggressive and good at getting that first pitch when it’s out over the plate. And if he doesn’t, he’s good at working the count and figuring out a way to get a hit,” Ethier said.
Koehler gave up four runs, six hits and five walks in 3 2-3 innings. In his previous two starts, he allowed no runs and five hits over 15 innings, beating the Dodgers 6-3 at Miami and following up with a no-decision against the New York Mets.
“It’s very disappointing. I really struggled with my command and my breaking pitches,” Koehler said. “I threw some good fastballs - but when you’re not throwing any breaking pitches for strikes, they’re able to eliminate it and sit on the fastball. And when you hang a breaking ball to a guy who swings first pitch, and he crushes it, it’s a crushing blow.”
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