Haren tosses a complete game as D-backs defeat Cubs
Dan Haren was dominant on the mound and valuable at the plate, pitching a complete game and hitting a two-run double to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 7-2 victory Monday night over the Chicago Cubs.
The win at Chase Field gave the Diamondbacks (8-11) their first two-game victory streak of the season.
Haren (2-3, 1.54 ERA) allowed three hits and no walks in posting the seventh complete game of his career and first of the year. He struck out 10 batters.
The only hits the Cubs managed off Haren were solo homers by Alfonso Soriano (leading off the first inning) and Mike Fontenot (with one out in the eighth) and a single by Ted Lilly (with one out in the third).
Haren threw 111 pitches on the night, 80 for strikes. He retired 15 consecutive batters between the third and eighth innings. He struck out the final two hitters of the game, Ryan Theriot and Kosuke Fukudome, on three pitches each.
Haren has allowed a total of six runs in five starts on the season. In 35 innings pitched, Haren has limited the opposition to 21 hits and five walks. He has struck out 36 batters.
Soriano began Monday’s game by hitting his sixth home run of the season. The shot into the left-field seats was Soriano’s third leadoff homer of the year and the 52 nd of his career.
After tying the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the third inning on Chris Snyder’s first homer of the season, the Diamondbacks scored four runs in the fourth. Haren delivered the key hit in the inning when he put the D-backs ahead to stay with a two-run double down the left-field line. Chris Young followed with a double to left-center field that drove in two more runs and extended Arizona’s advantage to 5-1.
Lilly (2-2, 3.80 ERA) was charged with the loss for the Cubs, pitching the first five innings and allowing five runs (all earned) on six hits.
The Diamondbacks added two runs (one unearned) in the seventh against rookie right-hander David Patton.
The seven-run output that the Diamondbacks produced on Monday was more than twice the total they had scored in Haren’s first four starts (when he was supported by zero, one, zero and two runs for a total of three).
DIAMOND NOTES -- The Diamondbacks have adjusted the timetable for ace right-hander Brandon Webb’s return from shoulder tightness. After announcing last Friday that Webb would miss an estimated three weeks, the club has since revised the projection to six weeks.
Webb, who has been on the disabled list with shoulder stiffness since April 12, felt more tightness in his pitching shoulder Friday afternoon while playing catch at Chase Field.
Webb has not pitched since Opening Day (April 6), when he allowed six runs in four innings against the Colorado Rockies. He underwent an MRI on April 10, and the test revealed no damage to the shoulder.
Webb has been joined on the injury list by shortstop Stephen Drew, who was placed on the DL on Sunday with a left hamstring injury.
The Diamondbacks activated reliever Tom Gordon from the disabled list on Monday and optioned right-hander Bobby Korecky to Class AAA Reno.
By: Tom Kessler
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