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Dodgers' Harang baffles former mates

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SAN DIEGO -- Aaron Harang's second visit to his hometown this season was much better than the first.

Harang held his former team to four hits in seven shutout innings and had one of Los Angeles' 12 hits as the Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 8-1 on Thursday night to split a two-game series.

Harang (3-2) struck out six and walked none to beat the Padres for the first time in three starts against them this year. On April 13 in Los Angeles, Harang set a Dodgers record with nine consecutive strikeouts, one short of the major-league mark, and tied his career high with 13. He got a no-decision in the 9-8 victory.

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Harang lost 8-4 at San Diego on April 8 as the Padres avoided a four-game sweep. Harang was with his hometown Padres last year, leading them with 14 victories. The Padres didn't try to keep him after the season and he signed with Los Angeles.

"The Dodgers were one of the first teams to call and I felt watching the way they played last year, from the first of the year to the end of the year, you saw a big difference in how they were playing and the attitude and demeanor of all the players and how aggressive they were," Harang said. "I felt they had a good enough squad that they could really compete with a couple extra pieces."

Harang is pitching much better than he was during the Dodgers' first visit here.

"It was frustrating because I was coming off such a good spring and I think there was a lot of adrenaline coming into it, being the first time back, so I was a little off mechanically," Harang said.

Still, manager Don Mattingly wasn't surprised by Harang's performance Thursday night.

"To me, he's been throwing the ball good lately," Mattingly said. "I kind of expected him to throw good tonight."

The Dodgers (25-13), who have the best record in the majors, are 1-2 since Matt Kemp went on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

The Padres (14-25), who have the worst record in the NL, still haven't won three straight games this season. They came in having won at Washington on Tuesday and against the Dodgers on Wednesday. San Diego committed two more errors and has 39, second-most in the majors.

Harang was 0-5 in his previous seven starts against San Diego. His last victory against the Padres was July 30, 2005, at Petco Park while with Cincinnati.

"You have to give credit to Aaron Harang," said San Diego's John Baker, who had two doubles. "I don't know how many three-ball counts he had, but it wasn't many. He was throwing strikes and making us swing the bats. When we hit it, it seemed like they were always in the right spot."

Every Dodgers regular except leadoff batter Dee Gordon had at least one hit. Gordon had a sacrifice fly.

"We just seemed to have more energy tonight," Mattingly said.

The Dodgers kept Edinson Volquez (2-2) from winning three straight starts for the first time since May 7-18, 2008, with Cincinnati.

Bobby Abreu hit an RBI triple in the first and Andre Ethier followed with a run-scoring single. Ethier leads the NL with 35 RBI.

Gordon had a sacrifice fly in the second. James Loney hit an RBI double in the fifth and another run scored on a two-base error by center fielder Cameron Maybin. Mark Ellis and Harang singled in runs in the seventh, and Ellis brought in another run with a groundout in the ninth.

Volquez allowed five runs, three earned, and seven hits in five innings. He struck out six and walked three.

Notes

  • Padres LF James Darnell sustained a partial dislocation of his left shoulder diving for Tony Gwynn Jr.'s double in the sixth. He was replaced by Chris Denorfia.
  • With a walk in the first, Dodgers C A.J. Ellis extended his streak of reaching base safely to 26 games, the second-longest active run in baseball.
  • The Padres shook up their struggling middle infield by waiving second baseman Orlando Hudson and placing light-hitting shortstop Jason Bartlett on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right knee. The team recalled shortstop Everth Cabrera and second baseman Alexi Amarista from Triple-A Tucson, and both were in the lineup.
  • The Padres also claimed left-hander Eric Stults off waivers from the Chicago White Sox, with a corresponding move to be made when he reports to San Diego.
  • The Dodgers will open a three-game homestand against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night, with Ted Lilly (5-0, 2.11 ERA) scheduled to start against Lance Lynn (6-1, 1.81).
  • The Padres open a three-game set against the Angels, with Jered Weaver (5-1, 2.83) slated to start for Los Angeles against Jeff Suppan (2-1, 1.69).
 
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It takes three tries for Aaron Harang to beat his previous team, and he does so in dominating fashion.  (US Presswire)
It takes three tries for Aaron Harang to beat his previous team, and he does so in dominating fashion. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

B. Abreu
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Los Angeles

A. Harang
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 0
K 6
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dee Gordon, SS3101115 .207
Mark Ellis, 2B5010023 .273
Bobby Abreu, LF4221010 .271
    Scott Van Slyke, LF-RF1000000 .286
Andre Ethier, RF4221000 .307
   a- Jerry Sands, PH-LF1000000 .250
Adam Kennedy, 3B4210122 .186
James Loney, 1B5011025 .233
A.J. Ellis, C4122101 .330
Tony Gwynn Jr., CF4020111 .282
Aaron Harang, P3011022 .059
    Jamey Wright, P0000000 .000
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
Totals388127411  
a-fouled out for Ethier in the 8th
Batting
2B - Bobby Abreu (8, Volquez), James Loney (9, Volquez), Tony Gwynn Jr. (4, Hinshaw)
3B - Bobby Abreu (1, Volquez)
SF - Dee Gordon (2)
SH - Aaron Harang (2)
RBI - Dee Gordon (9), Bobby Abreu (10), Andre Ethier (35), James Loney (9), A.J. Ellis 2 (17), Aaron Harang (2)
2-OUT RBI - James Loney (3), A.J. Ellis (5), Aaron Harang (1)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Ellis-Gordon-Loney
E - James Loney (2, Missed catch of throw), Dee Gordon (10, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Aaron Harang (W,3-2) 7400060 3.83
Jamey Wright 1000030 3.71
Todd Coffey 1110000 10.13
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 116-77, Jamey Wright 15-10, Todd Coffey 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 7-9, Todd Coffey 3-0
Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 26, Jamey Wright 3, Todd Coffey 4
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Will Venable, RF4000020 .268
Cameron Maybin, CF4000030 .206
Chase Headley, 3B4110010 .254
Yonder Alonso, 1B4000002 .287
James Darnell, LF2000000 .235
    Chris Denorfia, LF2011000 .277
John Baker, C4020001 .250
Everth Cabrera, SS3000012 .000
Alexi Amarista, 2B3010001 .333
Edinson Volquez, P1000010 .067
   a- Jesus Guzman, PH1000002 .265
    Alex Hinshaw, P0000000 .000
    Brad Brach, P0000000 .000
    Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
   b- Andy Parrino, PH1000010 .167
    Miles Mikolas, P0000000 .000
Totals3315109  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Volquez in the 5th
b-struck out for Thatcher in the 8th
Batting
2B - John Baker 2 (4, Harang, Harang)
RBI - Chris Denorfia (6)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Cameron Maybin (3, Dropped fly), Miles Mikolas (1, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Edinson Volquez (L,2-3) 5753360 3.04
Alex Hinshaw 1.2522140 4.50
Brad Brach 0.1000000 2.53
Joe Thatcher 1000000 2.61
Miles Mikolas 1010010 10.38
IBB - Gwynn by Alex Hinshaw
Pitches-Strikes - Edinson Volquez 91-61, Alex Hinshaw 50-30, Brad Brach 4-3, Joe Thatcher 6-6, Miles Mikolas 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edinson Volquez 4-5, Joe Thatcher 1-2, Miles Mikolas 3-0
Batters Faced - Edinson Volquez 25, Alex Hinshaw 11, Brad Brach 1, Joe Thatcher 3, Miles Mikolas 4
Game Information
Attendance - 27883
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Brian Runge