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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Dan Haren has pitched well in two starts for the Arizona Diamondbacks only to come away with a pair of losses.
A similarly strong start against the San Francisco Giants should be enough to get him in the win column.
Haren has hardly received any run support thus far, but the Diamondbacks will get a chance to give their hard-luck pitcher some offensive help tonight when they look to extend the Giants' losing streak to seven games in the first of three at AT&T Park.
Haren (0-2, 2.08 ERA) had a stellar 3.33 ERA last season, but Arizona also put up 5.5 runs per game to help the right-hander end up with a career-high 16 wins.
Yet, if the Diamondbacks (3-6) continue to hit the way they have when Haren's been on the hill in 2009, he may struggle to earn any victories.
Haren has yielded three runs and held opponents to a .159 batting average in 13.0 innings, but Arizona has pushed across a total of one run.
Haren gave up two runs and four hits in six innings Sunday, but Arizona had just three hits in a 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Haren was 2-1 with a 2.67 ERA in four starts against the Giants (2-7) last season, including a four-hitter while striking out 12 in a 2-0 win on Sept. 16 at Chase Field.
San Francisco got off to a 2-1 start at home, but was swept in San Diego and Los Angeles.
The Giants haven't lost seven straight since an eight-game slide from June 13-22, 2007.