Haren homers, pitches Arizona past Reds 6-2Posted: Updated:
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Dan Haren held the Cincinnati Reds scoreless into the seventh inning and hit his first career homer last night during a 6-2 victory that snapped the Arizona Diamondbacks' longest losing streak of the season.
Arizona had dropped five in a row and eight of nine, done in by the major leagues' worst defense and one of the NL's most futile offenses. Haren (7-5) gave up a run and four hits in seven innings, lowering his ERA to 2.19, the best in the league. He retired the first 11 Reds in order, four of them on called third strikes that dusted the corners.
Miguel Montero hit a two-run homer off Bronson Arroyo in the sixth, an arching shot to center that landed an estimated 422 feet away. Up came Haren, who hit Arroyo's next pitch into the first row of seats in left field for a 6-0 lead.
Montero also had two singles, helping Arizona end its streak of five straight losses against Cincinnati. Mark Reynolds added three hits, including a two-run single.