ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Arizona rookie left-hander Wade Miley held the powerful Texas Rangers lineup scoreless until giving up one run in the eighth inning.
And that still wasn't good enough for the Diamondbacks.
Matt Harrison extended his consecutive scoreless streak to 16 1-3 innings, pitching into the eighth before Mike Adams and Joe Nathan closed out the Rangers' third shutout victory in their past five games, 1-0 on Wednesday night.
"That was a tough one for sure," said Miley, who finished with a career-high eight strikeouts in 7 2-3 innings.
Miley (7-3) had allowed only two base runners, on two singles, before opening the eighth with his only walk — on a full-count pitch to Mike Napoli.
"When he got the walk, they got a little momentum," Miley said. "It was a slider a little bit down and in. I wanted to throw it back door. It was a borderline pitch. It could go either way, but he got it right."
Yorvit Torrealba then had a sacrifice bunt before pinch-hitter Nelson Cruz struck out. Craig Gentry, the No. 9 batter hitting .340, hit a hard one-hopper that ricocheted off the top of third baseman Ryan Roberts' glove and into left field for an RBI single.
After David Hernandez replaced Miley, who had gone a career-high eight innings to win against Colorado his previous start, Roberts made an impressive stop and threw out Ian Kinsler for the third out, but the damage was done.
Texas has won seven straight against the Diamondbacks, who were shut out for only the second time this season. Arizona has scored only once in the first two games of this series.
"I don't really have an answer for it," manager Kirk Gibson said.
The Rangers have won 28 of their last 40 games against National League opponents.
Though Harrison didn't get a decision, and was denied an AL-best ninth victory coming off a five-hit shutout in his previous game, he followed four consecutive victories with another impressive start. And the Rangers needed every bit of what he had against Miley.
"It was very critical, matching the zeroes. ... He got the opportunity to put it up first, and Harry kept doing it," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "Tonight, it only took one run, tonight it only took one hit in the right situation. ... Give Harry a lot of credit."
Adams (1-2) took over after Willie Bloomquist hit a ball just inside first base for a double. The reliever pumped his fist — as did Washington and catcher Torrealba — when Justin Upton, already with two hits, struck out to end the inning.
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