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Pitching deep in games a priority for Harrison

Pitching deep in games a priority for Harrison

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Pitching deep in games a priority for Harrison
SAN FRANCISCO -- There was a point last month when Matt Harrison visited with manager Ron Washington in his office. Harrison was trying to make his case before being allowed to stay in the game longer. Harrison did not want to be a six-inning pitcher.

Washington said he didn't want that either, but Harrison needed to stop running into trouble in the late innings, forcing the manager to go to the bullpen. Harrison did that with his shutout Friday night.

"Hopefully this is something that will help establish him as one of the better pitchers in the league," Washington said. "He's been trying to finish ballgames. He's been mad when I take him out. I've felt his wrath. I told him if he wants to finish ballgames, he needs to get outs in the seventh and eighth innings. He went out there and got outs in the seventh and eighth innings."

Harrison allowed five hits and did not walk a batter. The last Rangers pitcher to throw a shutout with no walks and five hits or fewer allowed was Rick Helling on July 29, 2001, against Tampa Bay. The last left-hander was Darren Oliver on June 8, 1996, against Toronto. The Giants had not been shut out in 75 straight games before facing Harrison on Friday.

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