Harang fans 9 straight, Dodgers beat Padres 9-8
Friday, April 13, 2012
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Aaron Harang set a Dodgers record with nine consecutive strikeouts, one short of the major league mark, and Los Angeles beat the San Diego Padres 9-8 Friday night on four straight walks in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Harang tied his career high with 13 strikeouts in 6 1-3 innings and the Dodgers won their fourth in a row. They lead the majors with a 7-1 record, their best start since 1981 when they opened 9-1 and went on to win the World Series.
Chase Headley hit a tying, two-run homer with two outs in the ninth off Kenley Jansen (2-0), who walked Chris Denorfia to lead off the inning and struck out his next two batters before giving up Headley's shot to right field on a 2-1 pitch.