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Matt Harrison Completes Undefeated July as Texas Rangers Split Series With Minnesota Twins

Despite scoring 40 runs in the series, the Rangers were only able to win 2 out of 4. Matt Harrison remained undefeated in July by leading the Rangers to a 4-1 win.

Harrison went 7 1/3rd innings and gave up a run in 8 hits. He also got 2 strikeouts and gave up 1 walk. In the month of July, Harrison won 3 of 5 decisions and went undefeated, his ERA during that time was 2.04.

After staring off slow, the Rangers seemed to get into a groove on a night filled with small ball. Elvis Andrus and Josh Hamilton had back-to-back single to start off the 4th before Michael Young followed up with a single of his own to score Andrus.

Ronald Martinez, Getty Images
Ronald Martinez, Getty Images

Chris Davis extended their lead in the 5th with another Ranger RBI single. This time scoring Yorvit Torrelba and making it a 2-0 Ranger lead heading into the 6th.

The Twins decided to make a game of it in the 6th. Twins DH Jim Thome made it a 1 run game on a RBI single to score Joe Mauer. Mauer hit his first home run of the season in game 3 of this series.

However, the Rangers put the game out of reach in the 8th on a pair of back-to-back RBI singles from Nelson Cruz and Mitch Moreland that scored Hamilton and Young, respectively.

Things fell to closer Neftali Feliz, once again. Feliz had blown his last when he gave up 2 runs in the 9th for his 5th blown save of the season. Feliz already has two more blown opportunities than all of last season, when he set a major league rookie record with 40 saves as the Rangers went to their first World Series. Last night, Feliz went 3-up-3-down with the Twins and clenched his 21st save of the year.

 

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