Haren heading to hill in rubber match

Haren heading to hill in rubber match

PHOENIX -- The National League West crown will not be won when the Diamondbacks and the Dodgers square off in the finale of the three-game series at Chase Field.

But winning the series matters to the Diamondbacks, so notching another victory -- the club's third of the season -- is what the team intends to do come Sunday.

The Diamondbacks will send Dan Haren to the mound against Dodgers starter Randy Wolf in the rubber match.

"We have to come out and jump on them early," Arizona third baseman Mark Reynolds said. "They have Wolf going, and he's a tough competitor. We have to get Haren comfortable out there and come out of there with a win."

The Diamondbacks' offensive output has been inconsistent during the series' first two games. On Friday, the team pounded out 10 hits on its way to a 9-4 victory. On Saturday, the club was limited to six hits in an 11-2 loss.

The D-backs left six runners on base Saturday to leave their two-game total for runners left on base at 14. The Diamondbacks went 1-for-2 with runners in scoring position Saturday, and they head into Sunday's finale 5-for-13 in the series.

Pitching matchup
ARI: RHP Dan Haren (0-1, 1.29 ERA)
Haren was outstanding in his first start of the year, holding the Rockies to just one run on three hits over seven innings. The right-hander fanned nine and did not walk a batter. Unfortunately for him, one of the hits was a solo home run by Troy Tulowitzki. The homer came on the first pitch of the fifth inning, and provided all the runs the Rockies would need in a 3-0 win. Haren had a good spring. In fact, the club limited his innings toward the end because he had been so efficient with his pitches early in camp that his innings total got a little high.

LAD: LHP Randy Wolf (0-1, 6.75 ERA)
Wolf let a one-run lead slip away and couldn't get out of the sixth inning in a loss to San Diego during his 2009 debut. He was charged with four runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings. Afterward, he criticized himself for not being aggressive enough with his approach, nibbling on the corners instead of challenging hitters to put the ball in play. Wolf has not won his first start of a season since '03.

The 11 runs allowed by the D-backs in Saturday's loss were a season-high for the club. ... Tony Clark has a hit in both of the games he has played this season. ... The five runs allowed by Billy Buckner on Saturday were the most allowed in a game by an Arizona reliever this season. ... Conor Jackson has reached base safely in each of the D-backs' five games this season. He reached via a fielder's choice in the sixth inning Saturday. ... Mark Reynolds has hit safely in all four games he has played this season. He hit his eighth career triple Saturday.

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Up next
• Monday: Diamondbacks (Doug Davis, 0-1, 7.20) vs. Cardinals (Todd Wellemeyer, 0-1, 9.00), 6:40 p.m. MST
• Tuesday: Diamondbacks (Max Scherzer, 0-4, 3.05 in '08) vs. Cardinals (Chris Carpenter, 1-0, 0.00), 6:40 p.m. MST
• Wednesday: Diamondbacks (Jon Garland, 1-0, 3.86) vs. Cardinals (TBD), 12:40 p.m. MST

Jesse Sanchez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.