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Key stat: Matt Harrison strikes out 9

10/4/2011

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Matt Harrison, making the first start of his postseason career, certainly didn't have any problem handling the moment.

All he did was tie his career high with nine strikeouts, while allowing one run in five good innings. Harrison was effective because he had command of all his pitches.

He recorded three strikeouts each with his two-seam fastball and his cutter. He had two strikeouts with his four-seam fastball and one with a changeup.

At one point, he struck out four consecutive hitters.

He allowed two runs and five hits in five innings, while throwing 97 pitches, but he made sure the Rangers remained in control of the game.

"When you have young guys with talent and the right makeup, " GM Jon Daniels said, "you put them out there and let them play."