Rangers 4, Rockies 2

Associated Press  |  Last updated June 24, 2012
Matt Harrison worked five scoreless innings for his 10th victory, Leonys Martin had a pair of extra-base hits for his first three RBIs in the majors and the Texas Rangers beat Colorado 4-2 Sunday night in their final interleague game. Martin, the Cuban defector who signed with the Rangers last year, had an RBI double in the second and a two-run triple an inning later. Harrison (10-3) won his sixth consecutive decision and matched the AL lead for victories. His outing was cut short because of tightness in his lower back that caused soreness in his left hip. Robbie Ross, Tanner Scheppers and Mike Adams each pitched a scoreless inning for the Rangers. Joe Nathan, the closer pitching in a non-save situation, gave up his first runs in 17 appearances since May 13. Alex White (2-6) lost his third straight decision, allowing four runs and six hits on 78 pitches over 2 2-3 innings. When Harrison got to the dugout after the fifth inning, he could be seen talking with manager Ron Washington, pitching coach Mike Maddux and a trainer. The left-hander was clearly pleading his case that he felt fine and wanted to keep pitching. Harrison was examined by team physician Dr. Keith Meister and will be evaluated further over the next couple of days. Texas finished a majors-best 14-4 in interleague play, winning all six of its series against National League teams. The Rockies were 2-13 against the American League. A day after an 11-7 victory, they didn't score until loading the bases with no outs in the ninth to set up an RBI single by Marco Scutaro and a sacrifice fly by Carlos Gonzalez. Scutaro got caught in a rundown after a pitch ricocheted away from catcher Mike Napoli. Though Scutaro slid into second base under the tag and was signaled safe, he then popped off the base and was tagged out by shortstop Elvis Andrus for the second out before Jason Giambi struck out. Colorado, which ended its longest road trip of the season 3-6, had base runners on in each of its five innings against Harrison. The Rockies also had someone reach against each reliever. Wilin Rosario had an inning-ending grounder after the Rockies had two singles in the first, then left they left the bases loaded in the second when Scutaro grounded out. Harrison benefited from three double plays while facing the minimum nine batters over his last three innings. Harrison gave up five singles while throwing 49 of his 74 pitches for strikes. He struck out three, walked two and hit a batter. Martin made his third start and played his fourth game this season since getting recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on June 15 when Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton was hospitalized with an intestinal virus. Martin signed a $15.5 million, five-year contract in May 2011, and played in eight games for the Rangers over the final month of the regular season. He was hitting .344 in 31 games at Round Rock before getting called up this month. Nelson Cruz had a leadoff walk in the second before No. 9 batter Martin doubled off the right-center field wall. Martin scored on a double by Elvis Andrus, who finished with three hits and walked once. There were two outs again in the third when Martin pulled a two-run triple into the right-field corner for a 4-0 lead. The Rockies have gone 17 games since a starting pitcher won a game for them. They are halfway through the first time through the rotation since manager Jim Tracy's decision a week ago to go to a four-man rotation. Jeremy Guthrie, the starter whose unexpected struggles led to Tracy trying four starters, pitched 3 1-3 scoreless innings in relief of White. NOTES: The Rangers surpassed 1.5 million in attendance with their franchise-record 22nd sellout of the season. ... Texas LHP Derek Holland threw a 48-pitch bullpen session and the team said he could progress to a rehab assignment soon. He has been out nearly three weeks because of shoulder fatigue. ... Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre has one less error and Tigers 2B Chris Nelson has another double. There was a scoring change from Saturday, when Beltre was initially charged with an error after he obviously lost sight of Nelson's hard liner that went into left field. ... Nelson (swollen ankle) didn't play Sunday.
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