Hahn had another strong outing and shortstop Alexi Amarista
homered in the San Diego Padres' 6-3 win over the Los Angeles
Dodgers before 46,073 fans at Dodger Stadium on Friday night.
Left fielder Carlos Quentin, mired in an 8-for-80 funk entering the
game, went 2-for-5 and drove in three runs as the Padres (41-52)
halted a three-game skid. The Dodgers (52-43) fell into a
first-place tie with the San Francisco Giants in the National League
Hahn limited Los Angeles to a run and three hits with six strikeouts
and four walks in six innings. Since being recalled from Double-A
San Antonio on June 1, Hahn (5-2) has won five of his six starts.
"Being able to throw a secondary pitch for a strike when my fastball
is not there, I can resort to something else and be able to get it
over for a strike," said Hahn, who was obtained by the Padres in a
multi-player trade during the offseason with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Hahn earned his first career win over the Dodgers and improved to
3-0 on the road with a 1.50 ERA in three starts. Padres manager Bud
Black said the club realized before the season it might have a
diamond in the rough.
"We liked what we saw in spring training with the makeup and the
stuff," Black said. "Our scouts and front office (personnel) really
felt there was something in this guy. We didn't know anything about
him until we got him. It's proven out that the trade has worked out,
maybe for both clubs. Jesse has really been a pleasant surprise."
Closer Huston Street pitched a perfect ninth for his 24th save.
Dodgers starter Dan Haren (8-6) was charged with four runs and six
hits with five strikeouts and a walk in four-plus innings. Haren was
roughed up for the second straight start. He was tagged for a
season-high eight runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings in an 8-7 loss to
the Colorado Rockies last Saturday.
"He wasn't as sharp as he's been," manager Don Mattingly said. "It's
about execution. It's getting the ball where you want in the strike
zone. You know where you have to get pitches and if you don't get
them there, you're not going to get outs. He's got to be able to
execute his pitches."
Quentin's two-run single in the sixth gave San Diego a 6-1 cushion
before the Dodgers rallied in the seventh to close the gap to three
on a run-scoring double by right fielder Yasiel Puig and a sacrifice
fly by first baseman Adrian Gonzalez with two outs. However, Puig
ran the Dodgers out of the inning, getting thrown out by Quentin
trying to advance to third.
The Dodgers loaded the bases in the eighth, but reliever Joaquin
Benoit got left fielder Carl Crawford to ground into a force play.
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The Dodgers scored a run in the first, courtesy of left fielder Matt
Kemp's RBI single to left, bringing home Puig.
In the second inning, Amarista drove a 2-2 Haren pitch into the
bleachers in right for a towering two-run homer and a 2-1 San Diego
lead. It was Amarista's third homer this season.
"Obviously, it was good to see him hit a home run," Padres manager
Bud Black said. "That was big for us to get on the board. Lexi has
been a big part of our club and served so many purposes, and really
doing a great job right now playing shortstop."
Consecutive doubles by third baseman Chase Headley and Quentin
boosted the Padres' advantage to 4-1 with no outs in the fifth. That
spelled the end for Haren.
"That was a big at-bat for him," Black said of Quentin, who was
1-for-17 with six strikeouts in the last seven games. "He battled,
he was down in the count, he worked back to 3-2 and hit a ball on
the nose. Huge at-bat for Carlos. Carlos has to get going, no doubt
about it. Nights like this can pick a guy up."
San Diego center fielder Will Venable went 3-for-4 and scored a run.
NOTES: Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez received a cortisone shot in the AC
joint of his right shoulder after Thursday's win. Ramirez, who has
been ailing for much of the season, could be held out until after
the All-Star break. ... Los Angeles OF Andre Ethier did not start
for the second straight game because of "leg issues" and other
ailments, according to manager Don Mattingly. ... San Diego INF
Tommy Medica is doubtful for the remainder of the series after
straining his right groin Thursday night.
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