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TEX@DET: Harrison hurls 7 2/3 solid frames vs. Tigers

Matt Harrison was rolling along, issuing quality start after quality start.

Then the Rangers left-hander served up 14 hits in an outing against the Rays. In that five-inning appearance, Harrison allowed seven runs (six earned) and took his first loss of the season after three straight wins. His ERA more than doubled from 1.66 to 3.38.

"It just seemed like tonight that they had my number," Harrison said following the loss. "And some of the hitters, every fastball I threw, they were right on top of it."

Harrison said he might have been tipping his pitches, giving the Rays an advantage at the plate.

"I wasn't happy tonight," he said. "It was like they knew what I was throwing."

He'll have a chance to replace the sour taste that start left in his mouth Wednesday against the Blue Jays in the rubber match of the clubs' three-game set.

Toronto will counter with ace Ricky Romero, who has hurled four consecutive quality starts since an Opening Day no-decision in Cleveland. Romero is unbeaten (3-0) and sports a 3.18 ERA while averaging nearly seven innings per start.

"That's my goal every time I take the mound is just to go out there and try to get as deep as possible," Romero said.

Worth noting
• Designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion was named the Blue Jays Honda Player of the Month for April after he hit .322 with eight homers and 21 RBIs.

• Third baseman Adrian Beltre and outfielder Josh Hamilton weren't in the starting lineup for Tuesday's contest. Beltre, who had general soreness, pinch-hit in the ninth and struck out. Hamilton is day to day with a stiff back.

Rangers manager Ron Washington said Hamilton will return to the lineup as soon as his back feels 100 percent.

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