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Haren sinks Cards, lowers major league-best ERA to 1.96

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ST. LOUIS -- Dan Haren capped off his week in St. Louis by showing his former team what they're missing.

The All-Star starter gave up four hits in eight innings while striking out eight as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Cardinals 4-2 Saturday night. In the process, Haren lowered his major league-leading ERA to 1.96.

Haren came up with the Cardinals, but was traded with other prospects to Oakland after the 2004 season for Mark Mulder. He knows several of the Cardinals' younger players and enjoys going after them. Not that Haren needs any additional incentive.

"Dan Haren brings out the best every five days," Arizona manager A.J. Hinch said. "He's pitched that game a ton."

Haren said he feels like a member of the community after spending the week in St. Louis. He arrived Sunday as a member of the National League All-Star team and stayed in town.

"It was very nice, being here this whole week, literally," he said. "The fans have been outstanding to me. I can't even tell you how many times they told me they wanted me back. It makes me feel good."

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The Cardinals probably wouldn't mind having him back, too.

"What I noticed is that he didn't throw a lot of balls over the heart of the plate," the Cardinals' Brendan Ryan said. "He never even used the splitter against me, and that's probably his best pitch."

After giving up an RBI single to Albert Pujols with one out in the third, Haren retired the next 15 batters.

Haren also helped himself at the plate, driving in a run with a bases-loaded walk in the eighth. Chad Qualls worked the ninth, allowing a pinch-hit RBI single to Joe Thurston before holding on for his 17th save in 21 chances.

Miguel Montero matched a career high for hits with four and drove in two runs for the Diamondbacks. He's 6 for 9 over the first two games of the series, homering in both contests, and has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games.

Josh Whitesell drove in the other run for the Diamondbacks with an RBI single.

Cardinals starter Adam Wainright (10-6) was nearly as tough as Haren, allowing two runs on five hits over seven innings. He struck out eight.

"It's a shame one of them had to lose, especially if it's our guy" St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said. "They were both dealing."

Wainright said he didn't do enough.

"Obviously, we lost the game," he said. "But I was pitching against a very good pitcher."

The Cardinals broke through first in the third inning, when Ryan and Skip Schumaker opened the inning with back-to-back singles. Mark DeRosa lined softly to second before Pujols drove in Ryan with a single to left.

Arizona tied the game an inning later when Mark Reynolds and Montero led off with singles, and Reynolds scored one out later on Whitesell's single to center.

The Diamondbacks took a 2-1 lead on Montero's solo homer to right field with one out in the sixth.

Notes

  • The Cardinals' Ryan Ludwick extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a first-inning single.
  • B.J. Upton snapped an 0-for-26 streak on the road with an infield single in the ninth.
  • The Cardinals are 6-10 against the NL West.
  • Montero is batting .466 over his last 11 games.
  • Wainright has worked at least six innings in each of his last 18 starts
 
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Dan Haren picks up his 10th win and continues to drop his major league-best ERA as it sinks down to 1.96.  (AP)
Dan Haren picks up his 10th win and continues to drop his major league-best ERA as it sinks down to 1.96. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

M. Montero
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 1
RBI 2
Arizona

D. Haren
IP 8.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 2
K 8
 

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Stephen Drew, SS4000102 .255
Justin Upton, RF5010023 .295
Mark Reynolds, 3B5330000 .266
Miguel Montero, C5142012 .285
Gerardo Parra, CF-LF4000013 .274
Josh Whitesell, 1B3011022 .210
Alex Romero, LF3000013 .273
   a- Chris Young, PH-CF0000100 .198
Dan Haren, P2001213 .256
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a-was walked intentionally for Romero in the 8th
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2B - Miguel Montero (13, Reyes)
HR - Miguel Montero (7, Wainwright)
SH - Gerardo Parra (3)
RBI - Miguel Montero 2 (22), Josh Whitesell (10), Dan Haren (6)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Montero (12), Dan Haren (4)
SB - Justin Upton (13, 3rd base off Reyes/Molina), Mark Reynolds (16, 2nd base off Reyes/Molina)
Team LOB - 11
Arizona Diamondbacks
Dan Haren (W,10-5) 8411280 1.96
Chad Qualls (S,17) 1211000 3.76
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Haren 113-74, Chad Qualls 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Haren 9-7, Chad Qualls 2-1
Batters Faced - Dan Haren 30, Chad Qualls 5
St. Louis Cardinals
Skip Schumaker, 2B3010110 .305
Mark DeRosa, 3B4000023 .258
Albert Pujols, 1B3011111 .334
Ryan Ludwick, RF4120002 .268
Yadier Molina, C4000004 .286
Colby Rasmus, CF4000011 .272
Nick Stavinoha, LF3000010 .240
   a- Joe Thurston, PH1011000 .228
Adam Wainwright, P2000020 .151
   b- Chris Duncan, PH1000000 .230
    Kyle McClellan, P0000000 .000
    Trever Miller, P0000000 .000
    Josh Kinney, P0000000 .000
    Dennys Reyes, P0000000 .000
   c- Rick Ankiel, PH1000001 .214
Brendan Ryan, SS3110000 .283
Totals3326228  
a-singled for Stavinoha in the 9th
b-grounded out for Wainwright in the 7th
c-flied out for Reyes in the 9th
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RBI - Albert Pujols (90), Joe Thurston (23)
2-OUT RBI - Joe Thurston (11)
Team LOB - 6
St. Louis Cardinals
Adam Wainwright (L,10-6) 7522381 3.01
Kyle McClellan0211000 2.85
Trever Miller 0.2000010 2.28
Josh Kinney 0.2211200 7.36
Dennys Reyes 0.2100000 4.03
IBB - Young by Josh Kinney
HBP - Whitesell (by Adam Wainwright)
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 114-72, Kyle McClellan 8-3, Trever Miller 6-5, Josh Kinney 20-9, Dennys Reyes 7-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 8-5, Trever Miller 1-0, Josh Kinney 2-0, Dennys Reyes 1-0
Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 30, Kyle McClellan 2, Trever Miller 2, Josh Kinney 6, Dennys Reyes 2
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Attendance - 45267
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - John Hirschbeck, Second Base - Angel Campos, Third Base - Marty Foster