PHOENIX (AP) -The
one run in his first three starts.
They doubled that production Wednesday, and that was all the hard-luck pitcher needed in a 2-0 victory over the
Haren (1-3) pitched seven sharp innings for his first win this season, and
' pinch-hit single broke a scoreless tie in the seventh.
''You don't want to go through the whole month of April and not win a game,'' said Haren, whose ERA dropped to 1.38. ''I was
digging myself quite a hole, being 0-3. But I've been proud of the way I've been keeping the team in the game, and that's
really my job is to go out there and give the team a chance every time.''
Haren and Colorado's
Jorge De La Rosa
matched shutout innings until the seventh, when
singled off De La Rosa, went to second on
's single and scored on Roberts' single.
It was the second major league RBI for the 28-year-old Roberts, playing in his 26th career game. His first came on Aug. 3,
2006, when he played for Toronto and homered off
New York Yankees
''It's fortunate that you get called on when you get called on, and the key is just to be ready,'' said Roberts, who had five
at-bats in the first 14 games.
Arizona went up 2-0 when reliever
issued a bases-loaded walk to
on a 3-2 pitch with two outs.
Roberts' hit made a winner of Haren, who allowed six hits and two walks, striking out nine.
The start looked a lot like Haren's first three, except for the result.
''It was nice to be able to reward him with the win after pitching in conditions where every pitch could have an effect on
the outcome of the game,'' Arizona manager
said. ''It's tough to pitch like that, especially against a lineup like that.''
finished the nine-hit shutout, with Qualls working out of a two-on, two-out jam in the ninth to earn his fourth save in five
Haren entered 0-3 with a 1.89 ERA. Since 1983, only one pitcher has lost his first three starts with a sub-2.00 ERA -
, who went 0-3 with a 1.80 ERA for the
in 2002, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Haren allowed four runs in his first three starts. That was three more than the Diamondbacks scored in that span.
The Diamondbacks were at it again with Chase Field's roof closed on a 92-degree afternoon in the desert. They produced two
hits through five innings against De La Rosa, who entered with a lifetime 5.52 ERA. One of the hits was a single to center
Arizona wasted a chance in the sixth, when Jackson walked and stole second with one out.
singled to left, but third base coach
held Jackson at third.
The next batter,
, grounded into an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play.
But Haren kept the Rockies in check.
They put the leadoff man on in each of the first four innings and moved runners into scoring position in each of the first
five. Haren worked out of trouble every time.
''He manages the game well with runners in scoring position,'' Colorado manager
said. ''When you have shots with him, you've got to cash in. We weren't able to do that.''
De La Rosa (0-2) went 6 2-3 innings, allowing two runs and six hits. He walked four and struck out six.
As the game wore on, De La Rosa knew he'd probably have little margin for error against Haren.
''It's tough, but we faced a very good pitcher over there. He's one of the best pitchers in the big leagues,'' De La Rosa
said. ''You have to give him some credit, too. I just tried to pitch a good game today. I made good pitches and (got) quick
matched a career high with four hits for the Rockies, who have lost eight of 10.
The Diamondbacks won a series for the first time in five tries. On Friday night they'll try to win back-to-back games for
the first time.
Notes: Arizona RHP
, on the 15-day DL with a right elbow strain, has been making rehab appearances in the minors and might be close to returning.
... After opening the season with 11 of their first 14 games on the road - including two trips to Chase Field - the Rockies
open a six-game homestand against the
Los Angeles Dodgers
on Friday. Colorado dropped two of three to Philadelphia in its only home series.