Haren is the right-hander whose grasp on a rotation spot was hanging by a fingertip after he went 0-5 with a 10.03 earned-run average over a recent five-game stretch. Then suddenly, unexpectedly, he took a perfect game into the sixth inning in his last start and ended up holding the Angels to one run on three hits.
Haren (10-9) went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk, striking out seven. After sporting that double-digit ERA in five outings, he's managed a 2.03 ERA in his last two starts.
The Dodgers' offense didn’t exactly knock Atlanta starter
A single by Tommy La Stella and double from
But the Dodgers regained the lead with a pair of runs in the fifth. Haren actually started the rally with a one-out single and was doubled to third by
The Dodgers added an insurance run in the ninth against right-hander David Hale, thanks partially to more ragged play by the slumping Braves. An error by shortstop
A wild pitch from Hale allowed a hustling Barney to score.