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TEX@HOU: Garza fans eight over seven strong frames

Starters strive to go deep in the game every time they take the ball, but Matt Garza has made a habit of working into the seventh inning, and it is benefiting the Rangers' bullpen.

"It's huge, and I think that'll start rubbing off," Rangers manager Ron Washington said of Garza giving the team length. "[Martin] Perez went deep [on Sunday] and finished the ballgame. [Yu] Darvish went eight [on Monday]. That's the second time Garza has gotten into the eighth inning in back-to-back starts. [Derek] Holland went deep. It's important."

Garza is 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA in his four starts since joining the Rangers, and he has pitched at least seven innings in every outing.

While Garza will look to continue what he has been doing, Brewers starter Tyler Thornburg will possibly be auditioning for a spot in the Milwaukee's 2014 rotation.

Thornburg will be making his third start of the season for the Brewers, and while he hasn't allowed an earned run in either of the first two starts, he may be moved back to the bullpen when Yovani Gallardo comes off the disabled list later in the week.

"What I want to show them is that I can start," Thornburg said. "Hopefully finish up strong and go into next season and give myself an opportunity to win a job."

In Thornburg's previous two starts, the right-hander has thrown 12 innings, striking out 10 and walking five.

Including his seven relief appearances, Thornburg has thrown 31 1/3 innings for the Brewers this season and posted a 1.72 ERA.

Brewers: Francisco on a tear
Although first baseman Juan Francisco went 0-for-3 with a walk on Tuesday, the first baseman has been tearing the cover off the ball.

In the last six games, Francisco has raised his batting average from .236 to .247 and is 8-for-20 (.400) with a home run and five RBIs.

"He's been working on some stuff in the cage with [hitting] coach Johnny [Narron]," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "We all know what kind of power he has, but he's got to make more contact, and he's been doing that."

Rangers: Harrison out for the season
Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison left Friday's rehab start with Triple-A Round Rock with numbness in his left hand and will miss the rest of the season.

"His back is not where it needs to be," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "It needs additional rest and rehab, and because his back wasn't strong enough, he was making some adjustments and overcompensating in his delivery, and that led to some of the symptoms he had in his elbow."

Harrison has had two surgeries this year to repair a herniated disk in his lower back, but Daniels said there was nothing surgically wrong.

Harrison signed a five-year, $55 million extension in the offseason, but has made just two starts this season because of lingering back issues. Comments