Haren outpitches Lowe as Dbacks winPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX (AP) -- Dan Haren outpitched Derek Lowe and the Arizona Diamondbacks took advantage of second baseman Kelly Johnson's error to score four times in the fourth inning on their way to a 5-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves.
Haren (4-4) retired 15 in a row before a two-out double by Johnson and RBI single by Casey Kotchman in the eighth inning of last night's game.
The right-hander allowed two runs and seven hits in eight innings, striking out eight to earn his first victory in four starts.
Haren has not walked a batter in his last three outings. He's walked nine all season, with 71 strikeouts.
Lowe (6-3) gave up five runs, three earned, and a season-high 10 hits for the Braves, who were swept in three games in San Francisco before opening a four-game set in Arizona.
Chad Qualls pitched a perfect ninth -- with some defensive help from second baseman Augie Ojeda and shortstop Stephen Drew -- for his 12th save in 14 opportunities.
Justin Upton singled three times for the Diamondbacks to raise his average to .346. The 21-year-old outfielder has hit safely in seven straight games and 30 of the last 33.
Mark Reynolds doubled twice with two RBIs for Arizona while Eric Byrnes tripled, singled, drove in a run and scored twice.