Dan Haren outdueled Cleveland’s best starter in Corey Kluber in a 1-0 victory on Monday night. More importantly, the victory put the Dodgers in first place all by themselves for the first time since late April.
Haren allowed just one hit — an infield single to Michael Bourn, a play that was originally ruled “out” by the first base umpire. After a manager’s review, the call was overturned (and rightfully so). Brian Wilson and Kenley Jansen got the last six outs of the game with no push back from the Indians.
This was easily Haren’s best start of the season and the first start since May 7 that he didn’t allow a home run to the opposing team.
The offensive hero of the night was, naturally, Clint Robinson. His first big-league hit accounted for the only run of the game after he pinch-hit for Haren in the seventh inning. Andre Ethier tripled to lead off the inning. After a ground out by Juan Uribe and a strikeout by A.J. Ellis (that probably wasn’t a strike), Hanley Ramirez pinch-hit for Miguel Rojas. He was intentionally walked, which brought up Robinson.
The Dodgers are now 48-37, 4 percentage points ahead of the idle Giants. The Indians fall to 39-43 on the season. Josh Beckett (5-4, 2.11 ERA) takes on Justin Masterson (4-5, 5.03) at 7:10 p.m. Pacific time.