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Dan Haren pitches Dodgers past Angels, 2-1

By GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) After the cumulative disaster of his last five starts, Dan Haren didn't spare a thought for his potential perfect game when he took the mound in the sixth inning.

''I've just been trying to have a perfect inning,'' Haren said.

Haren and Kenley Jansen got close enough in a resilient win for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Haren pitched three-hit ball into the eighth inning, and Matt Kemp homered in the Dodgers' 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.

Haren (9-9) retired the Angels' first 16 batters in his best start since June for the NL leaders, who improved the majors' best road record to 35-23 by beating the majors' best home team.

''I tried almost everything, and it finally started working a little bit,'' Haren said.

He had lost his last five starts with a 10.03 ERA, leaving him despondent after games, but the former Angels right-hander was dominant at the stadium where he played from 2010-12.

''It was nice to take him out of a game with a smile on his face instead of feeling like he let everybody down,'' Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.

Haren's bullpen also helped him out - particularly his closer.

Kole Calhoun singled and stole second leading off the ninth, but Jansen struck out Mike Trout, got Albert Pujols on a fly to center and struck out Josh Hamilton to wrap up his 32nd save.

''Jansen made good pitches when he needed to against three of our best hitters,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ''We didn't do nearly what we needed to do to support Matty Shoemaker. I thought he gave us a good chance to win.''

Shoemaker (9-4) yielded six hits and struck out five over six solid innings for the Angels.

Andre Ethier had an RBI double in the second inning as the Freeway Series moved down the I-5 to Anaheim after the clubs split the first two games in Chavez Ravine.

Erick Aybar singled and scored in the eighth for the Angels, who missed a chance to move within one game of major league-leading Oakland in the AL West.

Hank Conger's one-out single in the sixth was the Angels' first hit.

''With a guy like him, you kind of disregard his past starts,'' said Conger, who caught Haren several times when they were teammates. ''Because any day he could step on the mound and do what he did tonight. He's been an elite pitcher for a long time.''

Haren left in the eighth after giving up a single to Aybar, who scored on Chris Iannetta's long fly off Brandon League.

Kemp hit his sixth homer in nine games in the second inning, a 400-foot shot to left. Ethier followed with a run-scoring double in only the high-priced outfielder's second start in 13 games.

OUT AT THIRD:

Conger tested Yasiel Puig's throwing arm, trying to go from first to third on David Freese's single in the sixth. Puig got him with a perfect throw from center.

BIG ZEROS:

Trout, Pujols and Hamilton were a combined 0 for 12. Trout, who turns 23 on Thursday, had his 20-game interleague hitting streak snapped.

TRAINER'S ROOM:

Dodgers: Utility infielder Chone Figgins was designated for assignment after his minor league injury rehab assignment ended.

Angels: Freese didn't start, ostensibly to rest a sore tendon in his left knee, but eventually replaced light-hitting John McDonald.

ON DECK:

Dodgers: Hyun-Jin Ryu (12-5, 3.39 ERA) goes after his fourth win in five starts. He threw a shutout against the Angels last season.

Angels: C.J. Wilson (8-7, 4.74 ERA) attempts to get his season back on track after getting rocked last week in his return from the disabled list.

 
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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

M. Shoemaker
IP 6.0
H 6
ER 2
BB 2
K 5
Los Angeles

D. Haren
IP 7.1
H 3
ER 1
BB 0
K 4
 

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Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Dee Gordon, 2B5000025.292.340.393
Yasiel Puig, CF3010101.316.401.541
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4000004.257.319.432
Hanley Ramirez, SS4010021.272.363.450
   Miguel Rojas, SS0000000.200.261.259
Matt Kemp, DH4111011.282.347.472
Carl Crawford, LF4120001.239.274.343
Andre Ethier, RF4021001.245.308.369
Justin Turner, 3B3020101.314.379.436
A.J. Ellis, C3000012.190.333.233
Dan Haren, P0000000.132.195.158
   J.P. Howell, P0000000.000.000.000
   Brandon League, P0000000.000.000.000
   Kenley Jansen, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3429226    
Batting
2B - Yasiel Puig (31, Shoemaker), Andre Ethier (14, Shoemaker)
HR - Matt Kemp (14, Shoemaker)
SH - A.J. Ellis (2)
RBI - Matt Kemp (50), Andre Ethier (38)
SB - Carl Crawford (14, 2nd base off Shoemaker/Conger)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Yasiel Puig 1
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dan Haren (W,9-9) 7.1311040 4.57
J.P. Howell 0100000 1.16
Brandon League (H,7) 0.2000000 2.45
Kenley Jansen (S,32) 1100020 3.06
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Haren 87-57, J.P. Howell 4-2, Brandon League 4-2, Kenley Jansen 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Haren 8-9, Brandon League 1-1
Batters Faced - Dan Haren 24, J.P. Howell 1, Brandon League 2, Kenley Jansen 4
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Kole Calhoun, RF4010011.279.338.465
Mike Trout, CF4000011.302.390.580
Albert Pujols, 1B4000011.275.325.475
Josh Hamilton, LF4000011.278.348.435
Erick Aybar, SS3110000.272.309.383
Howie Kendrick, 2B3000011.281.338.376
Efren Navarro, DH2000010.287.347.425
   a-C.J. Cron, PH-DH1010000.273.302.474
   Collin Cowgill, PR-DH0000000.278.356.406
Hank Conger, C2010000.232.300.343
   b-Chris Iannetta, PH-C0001000.267.371.417
John McDonald, 3B1000000.161.254.177
   c-David Freese, PH-3B2010002.252.320.353
Matt Shoemaker, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jason Grilli, P0000000.000.000.000
   Fernando Salas, P0000000.000.000.000
   Huston Street, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3015106    
a-singled for Navarro in the 8th
b-hit a sacrifice fly for Conger in the 8th
c-singled for McDonald in the 6th
Batting
SF - Chris Iannetta (3)
RBI - Chris Iannetta (31)
SB - Kole Calhoun (4, 2nd base off Jansen/Ellis)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Aybar-Pujols
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Shoemaker (L,9-4) 6622251 4.02
Jason Grilli 1100010 3.93
Fernando Salas 1100000 2.97
Huston Street 1100000 0.88
WP - Jason Grilli (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Shoemaker 102-67, Jason Grilli 15-10, Fernando Salas 16-12, Huston Street 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Shoemaker 8-4, Huston Street 1-2
Batters Faced - Matt Shoemaker 25, Jason Grilli 4, Fernando Salas 4, Huston Street 4
Game Information
Attendance - 43669
Game Time - 3:06
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Manny Gonzalez, Third Base - Chris Segal