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Haren sharp as Diamondbacks cruise past Rockies

Apr 13, 2008 - 3:56 AM PHOENIX (Ticker) -- Dan Haren is proving to be a wise acquisition for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Haren pitched six excellent innings as the red-hot Arizona Diamondbacks cruised past division rival Colorado Rockies, 10-3, on Saturday.

Chris Snyder, Chris Young and Mark Reynolds each hit RBI doubles and Justin Upton belted a game-breaking three-run homer for Arizona, which has won eight in a row.

"I don't even like to talk about the winning streak any more," Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said. "We just seem to be scoring runs and doing it in bunches, getting homers, getting big hits, it is nice to see."

Haren (2-0), who was acquired by the Diamondbacks from the Oakland Athletics in an eight-player deal on December 14, yielded one run, five hits and two walks while striking out seven for his second straight outstanding outing.

"I felt good and again I got an early lead so I was able to attack the strike zone similar to last game'" Haren said. "When we do score runs early it makes it a lot easier on me."

The righthander, who went 15-9 with a 3.07 ERA in 34 starts for Oakland last season, also allowed just one earned run and six hits in six innings in a 9-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers last Monday.

The American League All-Star Game starter in 2007, Haren watched his ERA drop to 2.50 in three starts in 2008.

"That Haren guy was pretty good today," Melvin said. "A little bit different today was that he didn't have his best fastball or his best stuff. He got some leadoff guys on and had to battle a bit. But he has the repertoire to be able to do that and has a pretty good feel on how and what his stuff is on a particular day."

Haren's new teammates scored four runs in the first three innings to help give him all the cushion he needed.

"We are swinging the bats better than any one in the league. They are making it easy for our pitchers," Haren added. "Different guys are carrying us and the pitchers are keeping the runs down."

Conor Jackson had an RBI groundout in the first, Snyder and Young hit run-scoring doubles in the second and Stephen Drew added a sacrifice fly in the third, giving the Diamondbacks a 4-1 advantage.

Todd Helton had an RBI single in the top of the third for Colorado.

In the fifth, Upton hit a towering three-run shot over the center field wall off Franklin Morales to give the home team a 7-1 advantage.

"I am just playing ball, feeling comfortable at the plate, seeing the ball and hitting it," said Upton, who is hitting .415 in 2008. "I'm trying to see all the pitches and get in good position to hit."

The blast was Upton's second homer in as many games and fifth of the young season, tying him for the lead in that category.

"Justin is riding a wave of confidence and when you talk about what his upside is and what kind of player he is going to be down the road, you are getting a glimpse of it," Melvin said. "This guy is going to get better and better."

Morales (0-1) was tagged for seven runs, seven hits and four walks in four innings for Colorado, which has lost all five games to the Diamondbacks in 2008.

"They are playing well and we are not," Helton said. "That is not a good combination. They are swinging the bats real good."

Orlando Hudson and Upton wrapped sacrifice flies around Reynolds' run-scoring double in the sixth to make it 10-1 for the Diamondbacks, who have outscored the Rockies, 38-8, in the five victories. Reynolds' RBI gave him a major league-leading 15 for the season.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    COLORADO 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 9 1
    ARIZONA 1 2 1 0 3 3 0 0 x 10 9 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: COL - FRANKLIN MORALES, MATT HERGES (5TH), MICAH BOWIE (6TH), TAYLOR
    BUCHHOLZ (7TH), BRIAN FUENTES (8TH) AND CHRIS IANNETTA
    ARI - DAN HAREN, BRANDON MEDDERS (7TH),

    Apr 12 6:42 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CLINT BARMES SCORED JAYSON NIX.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C BARMES ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 3
    ARIZONA 10 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: R SPILBORGHS (.235, 0-FOR-4)

    Rockies 3, Diamondbacks 10  Top 9, 0 OutsApr 12 6:42 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JAYSON NIX SCORED BRAD HAWPE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J NIX ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 2
    ARIZONA 10 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: C BARMES (.500, 1-FOR-1)

    Rockies 2, Diamondbacks 10  Top 9, 0 OutsApr 12 6:41 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY JUSTIN UPTON SCORED CONOR JACKSON.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, M REYNOLDS ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 1
    ARIZONA 10 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: C SNYDER (.115, 1-FOR-2, BB, RBI)

    Rockies 1, Diamondbacks 10  Bot 6, 0 OutsApr 12 6:01 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MARK REYNOLDS SCORED ERIC BYRNES.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M REYNOLDS ON SECOND, C JACKSON ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 1
    ARIZONA 9 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: J UPTON (.415, 3-FOR-3, HR, 3 RBI)

    Rockies 1, Diamondbacks 9  Bot 6, 0 OutsApr 12 6:01 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY CHRIS YOUNG (5) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    6TH OFF MATT HERGES.
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 1, ARIZONA 8
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: E BYRNES (.295, 1-FOR-2, BB)

    Rockies 1, Diamondbacks 8  Bot 6, 0 OutsApr 12 5:44 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY JUSTIN UPTON (5) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 5TH OFF FRANKLIN MORALES SCORED CONOR JACKSON AND MARK
    REYNOLDS.
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 1, ARIZONA 7
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: C SNYDER (.120, 1-FOR-1, BB, RBI)

    Rockies 1, Diamondbacks 7  Bot 5, 0 OutsApr 12 5:29 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY STEPHEN DREW SCORED CONOR JACKSON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C SNYDER ON FIRST, J UPTON ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 1
    ARIZONA 4 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: D HAREN (.200, 0-FOR-1)

    Rockies 1, Diamondbacks 4  Bot 3, 0 OutsApr 12 4:59 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY TODD HELTON SCORED FRANKLIN MORALES.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, T HELTON ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 1
    ARIZONA 3 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: M HOLLIDAY (.325, 1-FOR-1)

    Rockies 1, Diamondbacks 3  Top 3, 0 OutsApr 12 4:42 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND RULE DOUBLE BY CHRIS YOUNG SCORED CHRIS SNYDER.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C YOUNG ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 0
    ARIZONA 3 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: E BYRNES (.302, 1-FOR-1)

    Rockies 0, Diamondbacks 3  Bot 2, 0 OutsApr 12 4:32 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CHRIS SNYDER SCORED JUSTIN UPTON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C SNYDER ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 0
    ARIZONA 2 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: S DREW (.294, 2 HR, 2 RBI)

    Rockies 0, Diamondbacks 2  Bot 2, 0 OutsApr 12 4:26 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY CONOR JACKSON SCORED ERIC BYRNES.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, O HUDSON ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 0
    ARIZONA 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: M REYNOLDS (.308, 5 HR, 14 RBI)

    Rockies 0, Diamondbacks 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 12 4:08 PM