Every game is big for the Dodgers and Angels at this time of the season because both teams are fighting to get into the postseason. For Dodgers right-hander Dan Haren, Wednesday’s start in the Freeway Series was really big because the show he’s put on the past two months has been anything but entertaining — except for the opposition.

Haren had an ERA of 3.28 at the end of May, and had seen it rise to 4.76 before he took the mound against the Angels. He was 0-5 his past five starts. Not a good trend for the 33-year-old veteran.

Someone might have asked, “Who is that masked man out there?”

Wednesday night. Haren retired the first 16 batters he faced before losing his perfect game and no-hitter on a one-out single to left by the Angels’ Hank Conger in the sixth inning.

Even so, Haren eventually threw 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball, retiring the side in order in all but the sixth and eighth innings. Thanks to a home run by Matt Kemp and an RBI double by Andre Ethier in the second inning, the Dodgers defeated the Angels 2-1 before a sellout crowd of 43,669 at Angel Stadium.

Haren (9-9) picked up the victory. He allowed three singles while striking out four and walking none. He threw just 87 pitches, but was relieved by J.P. Howell with one out in the eighth and Erick Aybar on first via a bunt single.

Aybar eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Chris Iannetta off reliever Brandon League, who relieved J.P. Howell, who after relieving Haren gave up a single to pinch-hitter C.J. Cron. Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for his 32nd save. He gave up a leadoff single to Kole Calhoun, who stole second. But Jansen struck out Mike Trout, got Albert Pujols to fly to center and struck out Josh Hamilton.