The right-hander said he was happy to have his first victory as a Ranger, but continually talked about the five walks. He was really unhappy with the leadoff walk to Omar Vizquel in the sixth inning. Vizquel came into the game with a .100 batting average and Harden said he knew Vizquel was looking for a walk, but still couldn't throw a strike. Four batters later Carlos Quentin hit a three-run homer. Harden did take positives from the game. He threw fewer pitches than he has and got more ground balls.
"It's good," Harden said of the win. "I didn't like the way it ended. I'll keep on working. I've got to get those walks down."
Harden walked five Wednesday, and now has 23 walks in 23 2/3 innings pitched. He said he's been working on his arm slot.
For everyone who's been on Harden early, he still has two quality starts and his ERA of 4.56 is better than fellow starters Scott Feldman and Matt Harrison.
- Anthony Andro