He’ll look to give the Reds another strong outing as they resume a three-game series with the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
Harang has won his last three starts, including Monday’s 9-0 victory over Roger Clemens and the Houston Astros. The 27-year-old right-hander, who missed his previous start because of the flu, gave up just five hits and struck out a career high-tying 10 in seven innings.
“I felt really good the last couple of days playing long toss and throwing off the mound, so I felt I was getting my energy back,” he said. “I went out and was aggressive and tried to throw a lot of first-pitch strikes and keep the ball down. Towards the end I got a little tired.”
Harang has allowed just five runs in 22 1-3 innings during his winning streak. He went 3-1 with a 1.93 ERA in five starts in May.
Harang’s ERA is the lowest among Reds starters. Brandon Claussen, who has started just seven games, ranks second with a 3.89 ERA.
“We didn’t know what to expect out of Aaron, and to get seven innings out of him was great,” manager Dave Miley said. “He got fatigued after the seventh but that was solid pitching right there. He made pitches he needed to.”
The Reds lost their third straight Friday, falling 12-4 in the series opener. Austin Kearns went 3-for-5 with a homer for Cincinnati, and Rich Aurilla added a home run.
Preston Wilson went 4-for-5 with two homers for the Rockies, who have won three of four since a four-game losing streak. Clint Barmes went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, and Luis Gonzalez also had three hits for Colorado, which pounded out 18 hits.