Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/9/12

It took 14 years, including a World Series, but the Texas Rangers finally figured out how to beat the Giants in San Francisco.

The Rangers had lost 11 straight there, 13 including Games 1 and 2 off the 2010 World Series.

All it took to end the streak was a shutout by Matt Harrison, the first handed the Giants in 2012. It was the Rangers' first win in San Francisco since June 26, 1998.

The Giants were one of the baseball's hottest teams and were tied with the Rangers for the third-best record in the majors, but Harrison made them look helpless. All five of their hits were singles, and they drew no walks. Harrison gave up only two hits that weren't infield singles.

The only time a Giant reached second base, it was Barry Zito, and the pitcher handed the Rangers a gift, passing the bag when advancing on a grounder up the middle and getting tagged out in the process.

So Harrison is becoming a legitimate stopper, someone who prevents skids. The latest win followed two straight Texas losses (across the San Francisco Bay in Oakland), and his previous victory ended a four-game losing streak by the Rangers.

Friday's was a superior start, maybe the Rangers' best all year. Lately, his wins have come when the Rangers have needed them most.

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