Dodgers blank Padres 4-0

Dan Haren got honest with himself last season with Washington. He wasn't throwing in the mid-90 mph range anymore and realized he needed a new identity.

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."

Haren joined Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Zack Greinke as the first quartet with at least 13 wins since Orel Hershiser, Fernando Valenzuela, Jerry Reuss and Bob Welch in 1985.

"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."

Haren and J.P. Howell combined to retire nine consecutive San Diego batters before Kenley Jansen came on in the ninth.

"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."

Carl Crawford had a season-high four hits, including three doubles, and Hanley Ramirez and Juan Uribe added RBI singles as the Dodgers finished 12-7 against San Diego this season.

"He's hot. We made good pitches, and he still hit them," Padres catcher Rene Rivera said.

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