ATLANTA – Eight years after he was drafted by Atlanta and four years after he was traded to Texas, Matt Harrison wouldn’t let a rain delay decide when he was going to leave his first game against the Braves.
Harrison remained in the game following a delay of 2 hours, 16 minutes, former Mariners third baseman Adrian Beltre drove in the go-ahead run with an RBI single in the 10th inning and the Rangers beat the Braves 5-4 on Saturday.
Texas was previously 1-11 in one-run road games before winning this one after blowing an early 4-0 lead.
The delay came with two outs in the bottom of the fifth.
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Harrison made an impression on both dugouts when he returned to pitch into the seventh inning.
“He wasn’t going to give up the ball until he had to give it up,” Texas manager Ron Washington said.
Harrison said he threw every 20 minutes in the indoor hitting cage.
After the delay, pitching coach Mike Maddux stood behind the mound as Harrison made his warm-up throws.
“I’ve never really seen anybody come back,” Atlanta’s Dan Uggla said of Harrison. “He showed a lot of what he’s made of tonight.”
Harrison gave up a sixth-inning homer to Brian McCann for the only earned run he allowed. The right-hander gave up three runs, one earned, on three hits in 6 innings. He left with a 4-3 lead.
The Braves tied it in the eighth. Uggla, who had a run-scoring double in the third, hit a tying RBI double off the top of the wall in center, only inches shy of a go-ahead home run.
Ian Kinsler led off the 10th with a double off Scott Proctor (1-1), who was pitching in his third straight game. Three batter later, Beltre lined the run-scoring single to center.