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Haren leads D-Backs past Astros for MLB-best 19th win

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PHOENIX -- Dan Haren's flu is gone and he's back at full strength.

Haren pitched into the eighth inning and hit an RBI double, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks past the Houston Astros 5-3 on Monday night.

"That's definitely the best stuff I've had all year," he said.

Acquired from Oakland in a big trade during the offseason, Haren (4-1) scattered five hits over a season-high 7 2/3 innings. Mark Reynolds added a two-run double for the Diamondbacks, who improved their major league-leading record to 19-7.

Haren retired the side in order six times, finishing with five strikeouts and one walk.

"The flu's been going around the whole team and I had it early in the year," he said. "It was really bad. I lost weight and everything, but I'm finally getting back into my normal routine."

Chad Qualls struck out slugger Lance Berkman with a runner on second to end the eighth, and Brandon Lyon pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save in 10 chances as Arizona moved to 10-2 at home.

"We just keep our nose to the grindstone and play every day," manager Bob Melvin said. "You can't help but to take a look at the start we've had but it's just that - a start."

Miguel Tejada had an RBI double in the eighth for the Astros, who have lost three straight after a season-best six-game winning streak.

Haren helped his own cause in the third. After Stephen Drew doubled off the center-field wall, Haren hit a line drive to right field. Hunter Pence took two steps in and then backpedaled in vain as the ball sailed over his outstretched glove and to the wall for an RBI double.

"It's a lucky thing they play me in more often than not," Haren said.

The Diamondbacks added three more runs in the fourth off Chris Sampson (1-3). Orlando Hudson walked and Conor Jackson singled to center. Reynolds followed with a double into the left-field corner, scoring Hudson and Jackson to make it 3-0. Reynolds then stole third and scored on Chris Snyder's single.

"We're playing good baseball right now," Jackson said. "We need to focus on what we're doing well and keep doing it."

Haren retired his first 12 batters before running into trouble in the fifth. Berkman walked, went to third on Carlos Lee's double and scored on an RBI groundout by Pence.

Mark Loretta singled to make it 4-2. Haren hit J.R. Towles with a pitch, and Sampson was safe at first when his sacrifice bunt rolled untouched between Haren and Reynolds to the left of the mound for a single that loaded the bases.

But Haren escaped further damage when Kazuo Matsui popped out and Michael Bourn struck out.

"We could have used a big hit when we had the bases loaded," Astros manager Cecil Cooper said. "We come through right there and it's a whole different ballgame. We need to get two-out base hits. That's what got us on our winning streak and that's what we need again."

Eric Byrnes made it 5-2 in the fifth when he was hit by a pitch and scored on Jackson's single.

Sampson allowed five runs and seven hits over 4 1/3 innings with two walks and a hit batter.

The Astros chased Haren in the eighth on consecutive two-out doubles by Bourn and Tejada that cut Arizona's lead to 5-3.

Qualls, who came to Arizona in the trade for closer Jose Valverde, struck out Berkman on five pitches to end the inning.

"He came in and threw three nasty pitches," Berkman said. "There's nothing you can do when he throws the ball that way."

Notes

  • Houston LHP Wandy Rodriguez, out since April 20 with a strained groin, threw 60 pitches in a simulated game and will be re-evaluated Tuesday.
  • Astros 3B Ty Wiggington, on the DL since April 6 with a fractured left thumb, made the first of three scheduled rehab starts for Triple-A Round Rock against Tucson and went 1-for-2 with a triple. Wiggington also was hit twice by pitches and intentionally walked once.
  • Both of Haren's hits this season have been doubles.
  • Reynolds' stolen base was his third, tying him with Byrnes and Chris Young for the team lead.
  • Arizona has stolen 14 bases in 16 attempts.
 
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What a trade. The D-Backs score Dan Haren in the offseason and he contributes his fourth win.  (AP)
What a trade. The D-Backs score Dan Haren in the offseason and he contributes his fourth win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

D. Haren
IP 7.2
H 5
ER 3
BB 1
K 5
Houston

M. Bourn
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Houston Astros
Kazuo Matsui, 2B4000013 .256
Michael Bourn, CF4110013 .198
Miguel Tejada, SS4011000 .337
Lance Berkman, 1B3100111 .312
Carlos Lee, LF4110010 .260
Hunter Pence, RF4001010 .242
Mark Loretta, 3B4011010 .229
J.R. Towles, C2000000 .193
Chris Sampson, P2010010 .111
    Dave Borkowski, P0000000 .000
    Oscar Villarreal, P0000000 .000
   a- Darin Erstad, PH1000000 .286
    Geoff Geary, P0000000 .000
    Wesley Wright, P0000000 .000
Totals3235317  
a-popped out for Villarreal in the 8th
Batting
2B - Michael Bourn (2, Haren), Miguel Tejada (8, Haren), Carlos Lee (8, Haren)
RBI - Miguel Tejada (21), Hunter Pence (9), Mark Loretta (8)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Tejada (8)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Matsui-Berkman, Tejada-Matsui-Berkman
Houston Astros
Chris Sampson (L,1-3) 4.1755200 7.15
Dave Borkowski 1.2000040 2.92
Oscar Villarreal 1000020 5.06
Geoff Geary0000300 2.70
Wesley Wright 1000010 3.24
HBP - Byrnes (by Chris Sampson)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Sampson 73-47, Dave Borkowski 21-14, Oscar Villarreal 13-7, Geoff Geary 18-6, Wesley Wright 5-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Sampson 10-2, Oscar Villarreal 1-0, Wesley Wright 1-0
Batters Faced - Chris Sampson 22, Dave Borkowski 5, Oscar Villarreal 3, Geoff Geary 3, Wesley Wright 2
Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Young, CF4010013 .225
Eric Byrnes, LF3100002 .273
Orlando Hudson, 2B3100111 .260
Conor Jackson, 1B3121100 .345
Mark Reynolds, 3B3112111 .255
Justin Upton, RF3000112 .323
Stephen Drew, SS3110113 .272
Chris Snyder, C4011012 .217
Dan Haren, P2011010 .143
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
Totals2857557  
Batting
2B - Mark Reynolds (4, Sampson), Stephen Drew (8, Sampson), Dan Haren (2, Sampson)
SH - Dan Haren (1)
RBI - Conor Jackson (21), Mark Reynolds 2 (24), Chris Snyder (13), Dan Haren (2)
SB - Mark Reynolds (3, 3rd base off Sampson/Towles)
Team LOB - 6
Arizona Diamondbacks
Dan Haren (W,4-1) 7.2533150 3.13
Chad Qualls (H,8) 0.1000010 0.00
Brandon Lyon (S,8) 1000010 2.77
HBP - Towles (by Dan Haren)
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Haren 103-71, Chad Qualls 5-3, Brandon Lyon 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Haren 7-11, Brandon Lyon 2-0
Batters Faced - Dan Haren 30, Chad Qualls 1, Brandon Lyon 3
Game Information
Attendance - 19868
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 91
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Mike Winters