By Drew Davison / Special to the Star-Telegram
ARLINGTON – Rich Harden can’t seem to get anything going this season. Just when it seemed like he had something to build off of, throwing 6 2/3 innings of no-hit ball in his last start against the Minnesota Twins, Harden couldn’t get through five innings on Saturday night.
In the end, Harden and the Rangers both lost, as the Oakland Athletics pulled out a 5-0 victory in the second game of a three-game series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Harden went 4 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts. It’s the second time since the All-Star break that Harden had a chance to put together solid back-to-back starts but failed to do so.
Coming off the disabled list on July 31 against the Angels, Harden went seven innings, allowing one run on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts. In his next start, on Aug. 7 against the A’s, Harden lasted only 2 1/3 innings and allowed three runs. After that game, Harden went back on the disabled list with a shoulder injury.
The Rangers’ offense didn’t help Harden out, either. The Rangers were held scoreless and managed only four hits off of A’s starter Dallas Braden, who went the distance for the second time in his last four starts.