Right-handed pitcher Dan Haren (4-1) opened and closed the D-backs' season-long 11-game road trip with victories. He struck out 10 in eight innings to beat Colorado 5-3 on April 26 and threw his 10th career complete game while striking out nine in his 6-3 victory at Houston on Thursday.
"I felt good for the first time in a long time," said Haren, who gave up two earned runs as his ERA dropped to 4.04.
Haren could have been 3-0 on the trip, but the bullpen could not hold a 5-3 lead against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Saturday, giving up two runs in the seventh inning and two in the eighth.
Haren also extended his hitting streak to six games with a one-out double in the fourth inning during Thursday's 6-3 win over the Houston Astros. Haren has 10 hits in his last 17 at-bats and is 10-for-22 (.455) this season. He leads major league pitchers with 44 hits since the start of the 2008 season, one more than Cubs reliever Carlos Zambrano, and also leads with 19 runs and 15 doubles. Since returning to the NL in 2008, Haren has 44 hits in 171 at-bats, a .257 batting average.
"I'll take the good pitching over the good hitting any day. I much prefer it that way," Haren said.
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