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TEX@PHI: Moreland opens up the scoring in the sixth

PHILADELPHIA -- There are times when a manager can overthink his team's struggles and make a move just to make a move.

That wasn't the case on Sunday as Rangers manager Ron Washington tweaked his lineup with the hope of kick-starting an offense that has been struggling since outfielder Josh Hamilton went on the disabled list with a bad shoulder. To that end, Washington moved David Murphy to the No. 2 spot with the hope he'd see more fastballs, and right fielder Mitch Moreland to the No. 6 slot to take some pressure off the youngster.

"It's all on them," Washington said. "You know, the manager is only as good as his players performed. They're the ones between the lines.

"You never want to get swept. For two days we battled and they just outplayed us in the sense they put more runs on the board. Today it was reversed and today, at least the plane ride home will be better and hopefully we can gain some momentum and get home and get some things going."

Moreland delivered his American League-leading seventh game-winning RBI and starter Matt Harrison shut the Phillies down in a 2-0 win at Citizens Bank Park. Texas played its own version of small ball including a suicide squeeze in the eighth by Craig Gentry to score Adrian Beltre with an insurance run. Gentry got hit on the finger during the play, but was fine after the game.

For Harrison, the win was his first in a month and could not have come at a better time for the Rangers, who with the win retain a grip on first place in the American League West. Harrison, who opened the year 3-0, had allowed 16 runs in his last 17 2/3 innings -- not including a rained-out start in Oakland -- but those struggles were quickly forgotten as the lefty stifled the Phillies for 8 1/3 innings, scattering five hits.

"He commanded everything," Texas catcher Mike Napoli said. "His curveball [worked], threw some sliders and had a good changeup. We worked both sides of the plate and stayed aggressive. The goal is just to be on the same page as him. We got in a good flow and I couldn't tell you specifically why we worked well today.

"We faced three No. 1 starters this weekend and we were able to get them today."

"I don't know," said Phillies left fielder Raul Ibanez, who went 1-for-4. "I thought we squared up some balls. Not to take anything away from him. He made some pitches when he needed to. He got outs when he needed to."

Harrison allowed only two runners to reach third and each time, it was slow-footed catcher Dane Sardinha in the third and again in the fifth.

With Sardinha on second in the third after a sacrifice bunt and a pop out by Jimmy Rollins, Wilson Valdez singled into right. Sardinha wisely chose not to challenge the arm of Moreland, but the threat ended as Placido Polanco grounded out. In the fifth, Sardinha again reached third, but Rollins and Valdez were retired.

"Everything worked today," Harrison said. "I was able to get ahead of guys and was able to get my curveball over. I let them put the ball in play and my defense played great behind me.

"I had two bad walks early in the game and I was able to get out of it each time. I knew [Phillies starter Roy] Oswalt was starting and I had to go out and compete. I just had to give us a chance to win. It's good to have a win and it helps with the confidence, and I can take it into my next start."

Michael Young, who had a career .308 average against Oswalt in 39 at-bats, opened the sixth with a single to right. Beltre followed with a soft roller in front of the mound that worked as a sacrifice to get Young over to second with one out as Oswalt made the play to first.

The Rangers had not had a hit with a runner in scoring position since Wednesday night at Kansas City and were 0-for-3 in the game up to this point. Moreland broke the streak with a double over the head of Ibanez in left to score Young for a 1-0 lead.

Closer Neftali Feliz recorded the final two outs for his ninth save. Comments