LOS ANGELES (AP)
He's found it this season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and after a July swoon, Haren is proving to be a reliable fourth starter.
He tossed seven sharp innings to give the Dodgers four pitchers with 13 wins for the first time in 19 years in a 4-0 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night.
Haren (13-10) allowed four hits, struck out five and walked one.
"I swallowed my pride when it comes to velocity a long time ago," he said. "I just try to get outs. I've minimized my mistakes and located better. I've stayed the course."
"He's pitching like he did early in the season," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "He was getting the ball where he wants and it looks like it had late life. When you're throwing 88, 89, you got to have late life, and if you don't have late life you're going to get hit."
"I've got two or three starts left and if they're good ones I'll be in a good place," Haren said. "I treat every game from here on out like it's a playoff game. I put a lot of pressure on myself."
"He's hot. We made good pitches, and he still hit them," Padres catcher Rene Rivera said.
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