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Rays' bats silent in 3-0 loss to Rangers



Jackson ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Matt Harrison pitched eight sharp innings and Ian Kinsler homered on the first pitch, sending the Texas Rangers past the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0 Saturday night.

Harrison (5-2) dominated the AL East-leading Rays in his eighth career start. The rookie lefty allowed only three singles, struck out eight without a walk, and retired the final 18 batters.

Harrison, who entered the game with a 7.07 ERA, was pulled after 109 pitches. His performance was a boost for a Texas staff that had given up 69 runs in its last seven games.

The Rays had won three in row. Texas stopped its four-game losing streak.

(Pictured - Edwin Jackson. AP photo. Click to enlarge.)

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:38am]


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