Silence the alarm bells. Dan Haren is fine. So is Carl Crawford. Haren won his second consecutive start Tuesday night, as Crawford reached base four times and scored a run in the Dodgers' 4-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. For the Dodgers, it was their sixth win in eight games. For the recently-slumping Haren and Crawford, it was an opportunity for them to reward Manager Don Mattingly for his patience. "The one thing you can't ever question is if Danny is going to be ready, if he's going to give you everything he's got," Mattingly said. "It's going to be everything that Danny has when he pitches. That's something you can always be confident in. "Carl, in a sense, is the same way." Haren (10-9) held the Braves to two runs and six hits over six innings. He struck out seven and walked one. The performance followed the gem he pitched six days earlier in Anaheim, where he limited the Angels to one run and three hits over 7 1/3 innings. Haren went into the game against the Angels on a five-start losing streak. He averaged fewer than five innings per start in that stretch. The slump offered Haren a new appreciation for winning. "As my career has gone on, I feel like the losing has hurt more and the winning hasn't been as sweet as it was," he said. "These last two, I'm definitely enjoying." Haren said he has made minor adjustments to his delivery. In Mattingly's view, the changes have resulted in more late movement on his pitches. "He's not hitting a lot of barrels," Mattingly said.
Haren, Crawford continue turnaround in Dodgers' 4-2 win over Braves
Los Angeles Times | Aug 13