If Dan Haren is to continue his recent run of dominance for the Los Angeles Dodgers, he must fare better at Coors Field than he has in recent years.
A day before his 34th birthday, Haren can win a season-high third consecutive start by avoiding a third straight defeat at Coors and helping hand the Colorado Rockies their eighth loss in a row Tuesday night.Haren (13-10, 3.99 ERA) allowed four hits in seven innings of a 4-0 win over San Diego on Wednesday. He's yielded only two earned runs over 26 innings while going 3-0 in four starts since giving up six runs -- three earned -- in three innings of a 7-2 loss to Milwaukee on Aug. 17."I just try to get outs," the right-hander said. "I've minimized my mistakes and located better. I've stayed the course."No longer focused on his velocity, Haren hopes to continue his success and help Los Angeles (86-64) capture its second straight NL West title."I've got two or three starts left and if they're good ones I'll be in a good place," he said. "I treat every game from here on out like it's a playoff game. I put a lot of pressure on myself."Haren is 2-0 with a 1.40 ERA in his last three road starts but has a 10.23 ERA while losing three of his last four at Coors. He was tagged for eight runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings of an 8-7 loss there July 5.Colorado (59-91), however, has been outscored 32-11 during a losing streak that reached seven games following Monday's 11-3 defeat.Matt Kemp homered for the second straight game and Adrian Gonzalez had three RBIs for Los Angeles, which has won three straight and eight of 10.Kemp, who has seven RBIs in three contests, is batting .380 with three homers and 13 RBIs in 13 games this year against the Rockies, who have lost eight of nine in the series.Kemp had an animated chat with Yasiel Puig in the dugout during the middle of Monday's game, though he wasn't willing to divulge details afterward.Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly wasn't forthcoming, either, after cameras caught Kemp trailing behind Puig and saying something. Mattingly stepped into the middle of the squabble and whisked the young slugger away."Just talking in the dugout," Mattingly explained. "Family stuff. Family business."Wilin Rosario homered among his three hits for Colorado, which will look to avoid matching its season-high eight-game skid from May 28-June 6.Colorado rookie Tyler Matzek (5-10, 4.23) posted a 7.89 ERA during a four-start losing streak before going 3-1 with a 1.23 ERA over his next four. In a 2-0 loss to the Mets on Wednesday, the left-hander allowed both runs and walked four over 6 1/3 innings."Losing (really stinks)," Matzek told MLB's official website. "Having pride in yourself, wanting to go out there and beat the other guy, the guy in the other dugout should be the most important thing."Matzek has lost once in his last three starts at Coors while posting a 1.19 ERA. He tossed a three-hitter during a 3-0 victory over San Diego on Sept. 5 in his most recent appearance there.He gave up three runs and 10 hits in five innings of a 6-1 loss at Dodger Stadium on June 16 in his second career start.Teammate Corey Dickerson is 4 for 5 with a homer and three doubles against Haren and is batting .409 with 10 RBIs in his last 10 at home.Colorado's Justin Morneau went 1 for 3 on Monday after missing two games with sore left ribs. His .315 average is two percentage points behind NL leader Josh Harrison of Pittsburgh. Morneau is 1 for 3 with a double against Haren this season.