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Win a long time coming for Matt Harrison

PHILADELPHIA -- Rangers left-handed starter Matt Harrison said it felt like a long time between victories. His last one came April 15 in a 5-3 decision on the road against the New York Yankees.

Sunday afternoon, Harrison moved his record to 4-4 by shutting out the Phillies over 8 1/3 innings before giving way to Neftali Feliz, who earned his ninth save of the season in a 2-0 victory.

Harrison mixed his location well and was able to spot his fastball and changeup. He threw 117 pitches while striking out three, walking three and allowing just five hits. He started the ninth inning with a strikeout of Ryan Howard, who was booed by the crowd at Citizens Bank Park.

After a walk to Ben Francisco, it was time for Feliz to close the show.

As for Harrison, it was one of his better efforts in some time. Over his last five starts coming in, he was 0-4 with a 7.03 ERA.

"It seemed like it's been two months since I got a win," he said after shutting down the Phillies offense. "I can't control that. It's nice to have a win and it helps with the confidence, and I can take that to my next start."

Harrison didn't get into much trouble but did have to work his way out of a jam in third. He walked the No. 8 hitter, Dane Sardinha, who moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt by Roy Oswalt. After getting Jimmy Rollins to pop out to first, Wilson Valdez singled to right to put runners on the corners. A wild pitch allowed Valdez to go to second, but Harrison was able to get Placido Polanco to ground out to Michael Young at first to end the inning.

"It seemed like pretty much everything was working today," Harrison said. "I was able to get ahead of guys, and I was able to throw my offspeed for strikes today. And if I was ahead or behind the counts I was able to get my curveball over. I think that was the big key. And when they put the ball in play guys were playing good defense behind me, and [catcher Mike] Napoli called a great game."