And so it’s come to this: The Dodgers lost Tuesday to a pitcher who was on his third different team this season, and 0-14 in his last 39 appearances (18 starts).
It mattered not one bit.
The Dodgers’ mighty offense went with barely a whimper, managing only one run on five hits in the six innings thrown by White Sox right-hander Hector Noesi, a 27-year-old Dominican who last won a game May 6, 2012.
Haren continued his recent streak of pitching just well enough to lose. He went six innings, as he’s done in all but one of his 12 starts (and he went 5 2/3 innings in the other). He gave up the four runs on six hits and a walk, though two of the hits were home runs.
It was the kind of so-so performance that has plagued Haren of late. In his first six starts, Haren went 4-0 with a 2.39 ERA. In his last five starts, he is 1-4 with a 4.65 ERA.
Haren (5-4) got into trouble in a hurry Tuesday. He gave up a one-out double in the first to Gordon Beckham and then a two-run homer to Jose Abreu. The homer landed in the second row by the left-field foul pole, just beyond the reach of Matt Kemp. It was the 17th homer of the season for the rookie first baseman in 46 games.
But that was it for the Dodgers’ offense. They had Noesi in trouble and could not really cash in. A journeyman and fringe pitcher, he looked like an ace Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the White Sox scored a couple more against the light-throwing Haren. An Abreu groundout scored one more in the third and a Tyler Fowler home run in the fourth completed the scoring. Haren has now allowed 10 home runs in 12 starts.
All while the Dodgers could do little with Noesi, whom the White Sox had claimed off waivers from Texas on April 25. The Rangers had purchased him from the Mariners only 13 days earlier.
But on Tuesday, he held the Dodgers down like he’d been doing it his entire career. And pitching a perfect last inning to pick up his fourth save this season was ex-Dodger Ronald Belisario.
The loss dropped the Dodgers' record to 31-29.