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

The rest did Matt Harrison some good.

After getting two extra days of rest following two poor starts, the Texas Rangers left-hander breezed through the Cleveland Indians for five innings on the way to a 6-4 win Tuesday. Harrison had a perfect game through three innings, a no-hitter through four and was in complete command heading to the sixth.

Harrison appeared to either fatigue or let down during the fifth and sixth innings.

He allowed six of nine hitters to reach after the start of the fifth inning. After back-to-back, two-out Cleveland hits produced a second run against him in the sixth, Harrison was finished for the night following 87 pitches.

"The first three innings, he was sharp as he could possibly be," manager Ron Washington said. "In the fourth, fifth and sixth, he started getting the ball up. I wasn't taking any more chances. ...

"For a minute there, I thought he would go way deep in the ballgame without a lot of pitches. They fought for some at-bats after they broke up the no-hitter. In the fifth, he had a struggle. In the sixth, he had another struggle. Usually you give a guy three times. By the third time, you just give up.

Said Harrison: "Maybe I relaxed a little after we got that four-run lead and started pitching to contact instead of being aggressive like I was in the first three innings."

Having thrown 184 2/3 innings this year, Harrison is one inning away from matching his career single-season high, set in 2011.

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