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CLE@LAD: Haren allows just one hit over seven frames

A well-needed rest is near, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly doesn't want his team to look too far ahead quite yet.

The Dodgers are holding a slim one-game lead over the second-place Giants in the National League West, and Mattingly wants his team to stay there by the time the All-Star break rolls around Monday.

"That's the key, is to finish strong," Mattingly said. "I think everybody always looks forward to those few days off and a little bit of rest and gearing up for the second half."

The Dodgers are in the midst of a four-game set against the visiting Padres, having beaten them, 2-1, behind Clayton Kershaw on Thursday night.

Once again, Dodgers right-hander Dan Haren will have a tough act to follow. His last start was a rough one at Coors Field. Haren allowed eight runs on 10 hits over 5 1/3 innings in an 8-7 loss to the Rockies.

"The starting pitching here is held to a higher standard, and at this point in my career, I'm not eight innings and no runs anymore," Haren said after the start. "For the most part, I keep us in the game. But it's tough to keep up. They're pretty unbelievable. Kersh and [Zack] Greinke come into Coors Field and just dominate. It's tough to hold up my end of the bargain."

Haren (8-5, 4.06 ERA) has kept the Dodgers in many games, which Mattingly has made note of on multiple occasions. The right-hander is 6-4 with a 3.69 ERA against the Padres in 17 career starts.

San Diego will counter with rookie right-hander Jesse Hahn, who is 4-2 with a 2.34 ERA in six starts this season.

The Padres are looking to limit the young starter's innings, but Hahn has made the most of the short time he's had in the Majors.

His last start, a seven-inning, three-run outing against the Giants, was the first time Hahn has had to adjust during a game in the big leagues, he said. He went to his changeup more after the Giants rattled him early.

"This is the best my arm has felt in a long time," said Hahn, who had Tommy John surgery in 2010 and had his innings monitored closely with the Rays.

"Just to be on the field every fifth day again is great. I always knew I could pitch. Being up here has been such a great learning experience."

Padres: Boyer's run of success
Reliever Blaine Boyer, since being recalled from Triple-A El Paso on June 15, hasn't surrendered a run in 13 2/3 innings, allowing just three hits with nine strikeouts and one walk. Better still, he hasn't allowed a right-handed hitter a hit or a walk in 26 plate appearances, becoming the first pitcher in franchise history to start a season without allowing a hit to a righty in 26 or more plate appearances, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

It is the longest such streak by a Major League pitcher since the 1974 season when that data started being tracked. Prior to Boyer, the longest streak belonged to Eric Ludwick of the Marlins in 1998 and Russ Springer of the Athletics in 2009, who both opened their seasons with 24 straight right-handers retired.

Dodgers: Crawford available off bench
Carl Crawford is prepared to play. He's 100 percent healthy. He just doesn't know when his time will come.

Reinstated from the disabled list Thursday from a left ankle sprain, Crawford was held out of the starting lineup, as manager Don Mattingly decided to stick with Matt Kemp in left field.

"It's something you never want to hear, but at the same time, you got to understand what's going on and know that the team's been playing well, and you just got to ride that out," Crawford said.

"That's the way that was going before, we were riding the hot hand, and guys were playing well. You just have to sit back and wait for your turn, just root for your teammates and hope you keep playing well. That's the main thing."

Crawford is hitting .267 with four home runs and 18 RBIs in 150 at-bats, while Kemp is hitting .271 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs in 299 at-bats.

Worth noting
• With Thursday's win, the Dodgers evened their record at 23-23 at Dodger Stadium, going 10-4 in their last 14 home games.

• Hahn has 41 strikeouts through six career games -- the most by any Padres pitcher in that span. Comments