Dodgers Rip Haren, DBacks 13-3

Arizona starter Dan Haren used strikeouts to record the first nine outs of the game and Ernest Thayer's poem "Casey at the Bat" came to mind. (The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Mudville nine that day...). But he Dodgers knocked him out in the seventh and recorded a 13-3 win behind the solid pitching of rookie John Ely.

The Dodgers have now won five of their last six games and eight of their last 11 and at 16-17 have crept into third place, 3.0 games behind the division leading San Diego Padres. The Dodgers have now scored 42 runs while winning four of five matchups against Arizona this season.

Rookie John Ely (1-1) drew his third major league start and pitched six shutout innings. He left the game after allowing a pair of hits and two runs in the seventh.

Using a fastball that tops out at about 90 mph, a curve and a knockout change, he baffled the Diamondbacks over the first three innings, allowing three scattered singles. He left the game leading 4-0. He finished his six innings by allowing six hits, two runs and six strikeouts.

Ely retired nine straight at one point and has gone 16 consecutive innings without issuing a walk.

"He has a good idea out there. He doesn't seem like a rookie," said Martin. "It proves you don't have to throw 95 to get guys out. The main thing is to locate. When he misses, it's not in the heart of the plate. He gets the hitters out of their game plan and makes them hit pitches he wants them to hit."

It took Jeff Weaver, George Sherrill and Ramon Ortiz to finally close out the seventh inning but Arizona had pulled back into the game, trailing 4-3. Another rookie, Carlos Monasterios, added a pair of perfect innings to close out the win.

Los Angeles broke the game open in the eighth, scoring seven times on six hits, including Russell Martin's fourth home run of the season, a three-run shot.

The Dodgers ripped off 17 hits, with James Loney collecting four of them and a pair of runs batted in. Ronnie Belliard, manning second base in place of Blake DeWitt, had two hits and three RBI and shortstop Jamey Carroll had two hits and two runs batted in, all coming in the big eighth inning. Andre Ethier doubled twice, giving him four in the first two games of the series.

Wins in the first two games guarantee the Dodgers their first winning road series of the season.

Haren, who had won four straight, pitched his first complete game of the season Thursday night, striking out nine and allowing seven hits in a 6-3 win at Houston. He allowed 10 hits and added 10 strikeouts before leaving the game in the seventh with one out.

The Dodgers were batting .198 as a team in their previous five starts against the Arizona right-hander since the beginning of last season but he has only one win in his last eight starts against Los Angeles.

The Dodgers hammered the Arizona bullpen for seven hits and nine runs over the final 2+ innings.

Ely, on the other hand, lost his debut, then allowed one run over 6.2 innings, did not walk a batter and struck out seven Thursday against Milwaukee. Closer Jonathan Broxton allowed the Brewers to score the tying runs in the ninth before Ethier hit a grand slam to give Los Angeles a 7-3 victory.

"Feels great man, definitely pretty happy about it," Ely, who turns 24 on Thursday, said after the game. "Could have had that seventh inning go a little better, but other then that I'm real happy."

Discouraging Start
The Dodgers picked up three hits in the first three innings but struck out a remarkable nine times.

However, in the fourth, James Loney, Casey Blake and Ronnie Belliard hit consecutive doubles to put the Dodgers up 2-0. They added a third run in the sixth on singles by Manny Ramirez, Loney and Belliard and made it 4-0 in the top of the seventh on Ethier's RBI double.

Ely sailed into the seventh, having allowed four scattered singles but then was touched for two hits and after 105 pitches (65 strikes), he gave way to Jeff Weaver who allowed an RBI single, then struck out two. George Sherrill served up a two-run double before Ramon Ortiz ended the inning.

Leading by a one-run margin, the Dodgers sent 12 batters to the plate, collecting three walks, six hits and seven runs. Martin's three-run homer got things rolling and then an RBI single from Loney, a bases loaded walk to Belliard (bringing double a chorus of boos from the frustrated fans) and Carroll's two run single, his second hit of the inning, did the damage.

Martin lived on an error to open the ninth, Matt Kemp walked and a sac fly by Ramirez and Loney's second double of he game, his 11th of the season, drove in the final two runs.

With their fifth loss in a row, Arizona matched last season's longest skid at Chase Field from June 24-28.

Probable Starters
Tonight the Dodgers will start RHP Hiroki Kuroda (3-1, 2.70) and will face former Dodger RHP Edwin Jackson (1-4, 7.32)
Friday at San Diego it will be RHP Ramon Ortiz (1-1, 5.24) against another former Dodger, RHP Jon Garland (4-2, 1.71)
           Saturday, LHP Clayton Kershaw (2-2, 3.96) vs. RHP Kevin Correia (4-2, 3.97)
Sunday, RHP Chad Billingsley (3-2, 4.82)vs. LHP Wade LeBlanc (2-0, 1.16)

Dodger Blue Notes -- Shortstop Rafael Furcal started his rehab with Single-A Inland Empire and was 0-for-2 with a strikeout and a walk. Furcal is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. ...In the month of May, Ethier is leading the Majors with a .500 average (21-for-42), .553 on-base percentage, 19 hits, eight doubles, 1.028 slugging percentage and 15 RBI. The last Dodger to flirt with the .400 mark this far into the season was Willie Davis, who was batting .395 (49-for-124) through the Dodgers' first 32 games in 1971. In addition, Adrian Beltré was batting .377 through 32 games in 2004. ...Double-A Chattanooga third baseman Corey Smith earned Southern League Hitter of the Week honors yesterday for the week of May 3-9. He batted .412 (7-for-17) with two homers and eight RBI and three stolen bases and now has 19 RBI and a .591 slugging percentage for the season.   

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