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Beltre's hit in 10th sends Rangers past Braves

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ATLANTA -- Eight years after he was drafted by Atlanta and four years after he was traded to Texas, Matt Harrison wouldn't let a rain delay decide when he was going to leave his first game against the Braves.

Harrison remained in the game following a delay of 2 hours, 16 minutes, Adrian Beltre drove in the go-ahead run with an RBI single in the 10th inning and the Rangers beat the Braves 5-4 on Saturday.

The Rangers were previously 1-11 in one-run road games before winning this one after blowing an early 4-0 lead.

The delay came with two outs in the bottom of the fifth.

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Harrison made an impression on both dugouts when he returned to pitch into the seventh inning.

"He wasn't going to give up the ball until he had to give it up," Texas manager Ron Washington said.

Harrison said he threw every 20 minutes in the indoor hitting cage.

"I was able to stay loose and keep my body going through the long rain delay," said Harrison, who said he had never before returned after a delay longer than 45 minutes.

"I wanted to make sure if I got stiff I was coming out of the game," he said.

Washington said Harrison "said he was feeling good" and then proved it by taking pressure off the bullpen.

"You saw he didn't lose much," Washington said. "Very gritty."

Following the delay, pitching coach Mike Maddux stood behind the mound as Harrison made his warm-up throws.

"I've never really seen anybody come back," Atlanta's Dan Uggla said of Harrison. "He showed a lot of what he's made of tonight."

Harrison gave up a sixth-inning homer to Brian McCann for the only earned run he allowed. The right-hander gave up three runs, one earned, on three hits in 6 1-3 innings. He left with a 4-3 lead.

The Braves tied it in the eighth. Left-hander Darren Oliver made a wild throw to first for an error after fielding Jordan Schafer's bunt, allowing Schafer to race to second.

Uggla, who had a run-scoring double in the third, followed with a tying RBI double off the top of the wall in center, only inches shy of a go-ahead home run.

Ian Kinsler led off the 10th with a double off Scott Proctor (1-1), who was pitching in his third straight game. Kinsler stayed at second on a groundout by Elvis Andrus, who had three hits. Proctor issued an intentional walk to Josh Hamilton before Beltre lined the run-scoring single to center.

Mark Lowe (2-1) struck out the side in the ninth. Neftali Feliz pitched a perfect 10th for his 14th save.

The Rangers' only other road win in a one-run game this season was a 5-4 decision in 11 innings at Kansas City on May 18.

The Braves have lost five of six, including the first two games of the series.

The Braves, who had three errors in Friday night's 6-2 loss to Texas, added two fielding miscues in the first inning Saturday, helping the Rangers score two runs.

Kinsler led off with a single and scored from first when a hit-and-run single to right field by Andrus skipped past Jason Heyward for the first error.

Andrus scored when Hamilton's grounder bounced off first baseman Freddie Freeman's glove for another error.

The Rangers pushed the lead to 4-0 in the third. Andrus singled and scored from third on a double-steal. Michael Young's single drove in Hamilton, who reached on a fielder's choice grounder.

Harrison recorded eight straight outs before Derek Lowe's double over right fielder Mitch Moreland's head with two outs in the third. Left fielder Nelson Cruz dropped Schafer's line drive for an error, allowing Lowe to score. Uggla's double drove in Schafer to cut the Texas lead to 4-2.

Lowe gave up seven hits and four runs, three earned, in five innings. He made his eighth straight start without a win.

Notes

  • Less than half the crowd of 44,600 stayed through the rain delay.
  • OF Wilkin Ramirez, recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett, started in left field. RHP Randall Delgado was optioned to Double-A Mississippi after making one fill-in start in Friday night's loss to the Rangers.
  • Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said OF Nate McLouth probably will return from his left oblique injury on Sunday. McLouth has been on the disabled list since May 23.
 
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Adrian Beltre does his part to end a lengthy afternoon in Texas' favor with a tie-breaking hit.  (US Presswire)
Adrian Beltre does his part to end a lengthy afternoon in Texas' favor with a tie-breaking hit. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Texas

E. Andrus
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Atlanta

D. Uggla
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Kinsler, 2B5220012 .236
Elvis Andrus, SS5230001 .281
Josh Hamilton, CF4101111 .294
Adrian Beltre, 3B5011013 .260
Michael Young, 1B5011004 .308
    Neftali Feliz, P0000000 .000
Nelson Cruz, LF-RF5020023 .229
Mitch Moreland, RF-1B4020021 .299
Yorvit Torrealba, C3000103 .250
Matt Harrison, P3000022 .000
    Yoshinori Tateyama, P0000000 .000
    Darren Oliver, P0000000 .000
   a- Endy Chavez, PH1000011 .343
    Mark Lowe, P0000000 .000
    David Murphy, LF0000000 .242
Totals405113210  
a-struck out for Oliver in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ian Kinsler (16, Proctor), Nelson Cruz (10, Lowe)
RBI - Josh Hamilton (28), Adrian Beltre (51), Michael Young (44)
SB - Elvis Andrus 2 (21, off Lowe/McCann, 2nd base off Venters/McCann), Josh Hamilton (4, 2nd base off Lowe/McCann), Nelson Cruz (4, 3rd base off Linebrink/McCann)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Nelson Cruz (5, Dropped fly), Darren Oliver (2, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Harrison 6.1331161 3.16
Yoshinori Tateyama (H,2) 1000030 3.86
Darren Oliver (BS,2) 0.2110110 2.67
Mark Lowe (W,2-1) 1000130 4.74
Neftali Feliz (S,14) 1000020 2.13
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Harrison 102-67, Yoshinori Tateyama 20-12, Darren Oliver 19-10, Mark Lowe 18-10, Neftali Feliz 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Harrison 10-4, Darren Oliver 1-1, Neftali Feliz 1-0
Batters Faced - Matt Harrison 24, Yoshinori Tateyama 3, Darren Oliver 5, Mark Lowe 4, Neftali Feliz 3
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jordan Schafer, CF5200010 .233
Dan Uggla, 2B5022010 .176
Jason Heyward, RF5000022 .213
Brian McCann, C3111100 .296
Wilkin Ramirez, LF3000122 .167
Freddie Freeman, 1B4000041 .263
Alex Gonzalez, SS3000111 .254
Diory Hernandez, 3B2000000 .259
   a- Brooks Conrad, PH-3B1000010 .227
    Craig Kimbrel, P0000000 .000
   b- Eric Hinske, PH1000011 .255
    Scott Proctor, P0000000 .000
Derek Lowe, P2110000 .160
    Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
   c- Joe Mather, PH-3B2000021 .213
Totals36443315  
a-struck out for Hernandez in the 7th
b-struck out for Kimbrel in the 9th
c-struck out for Venters in the 8th
Batting
2B - Dan Uggla 2 (11, Harrison, Oliver), Derek Lowe (2, Harrison)
HR - Brian McCann (11, Harrison)
RBI - Dan Uggla 2 (21), Brian McCann (39)
2-OUT RBI - Dan Uggla (5), Brian McCann (16)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jordan Schafer 1
DP - Schafer-A. Gonzalez, A. Gonzalez-Uggla-Freeman, A. Gonzalez-Uggla-Freeman
E - Freddie Freeman (4, Misplayed grounder), Jason Heyward (4, Misplayed grounder), Brian McCann (4, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Derek Lowe 5743020 4.10
Scott Linebrink 2100020 3.72
Jonny Venters 1100020 0.62
Craig Kimbrel 1000130 3.09
Scott Proctor (L,1-1) 1211110 2.70
IBB - Hamilton by Scott Proctor
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 72-49, Scott Linebrink 31-18, Jonny Venters 17-12, Craig Kimbrel 16-11, Scott Proctor 25-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 7-5, Scott Linebrink 3-1, Jonny Venters 1-0, Scott Proctor 1-1
Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 21, Scott Linebrink 7, Jonny Venters 4, Craig Kimbrel 4, Scott Proctor 6
Game Information
Attendance - 44600
Game Time - 3:15
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Cory Blaser, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Larry Vanover