A timely overturned call and plenty of run support allowed Dodgers right-hander Dan Haren to remain undefeated with a 9-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins in the first game of a doubleheader at Target Field on Thursday. Temperatures remained in the low 40s for the Dodgers' third consecutive day in Minnesota but conditions were dry for the first time during their visit and are expected to remain that way for the night game. It might be cold, but the Dodgers' bats have warmed up in Minnesota. They had a season-high in runs and hits (15) in Thursday's first game, including four-hit games by Juan Uribe and Yasiel Puig. Puig was on base five times (three singles, a double and a walk) and has raised his average 73 points to .308 by going 17 for 41 in his past 10 games. Adrian Gonzalez also reached base four times on three walks and a single. Seven Dodgers had hits and six drove in at least one run. In 13 games before this series, the Dodgers barely averaged three runs per game and hit .236 as a team. In the first two games of this series, though, they have scored 15 runs and hit .346 (27 for 78). That was enough to get Haren to 4-0 after five starts but he was not sharp Thursday. He walked three in a start for the first time since June 22, 2012 and was in danger of letting the Dodgers' lead get away in the fifth inning when he got some help from instant replay.
Final: Dodgers 9, Twins 4 (first game)
Orange County Register | May 2