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ARLINGTON, Texas -- After getting pounded by the Colorado Rockies for three straight days, the Texas Rangers finally figured something out Thursday night.

It started on the mound.

Texas starter Matt Harrison and four relievers kept the Colorado red-hot bats in check in the Rangers' 5-0 shutout at rain-soaked Globe Life Park.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak -- all at the hands of Colorado -- and kept Texas (18-17) from falling below .500. Harrison won his first game of the season after two no-decisions.

The Rockies (22-15) outscored Texas 29-5 over the previous three games this week. Colorado managed only five hits in losing for just the third time in the last 12 games.

The Rockies weren't at their defensive best, either. Three errors, a wild pitch, a balk, a passed ball and a hit batter contributed to an overall sloppy night for the National League West co-leaders. Colorado starter Franklin Morales (3-2) was touched up for all five runs (four earned) in six innings.

Texas gladly took advantage of the gifts, along with a solid performance from Harrison. The left-hander worked into the sixth inning and didn't allow a run, working around four walks and three hits.

The Rangers also benefited from first baseman Prince Fielder's solo home run in the sixth off the second deck in right. Left fielder Michael Choice and center fielder Leonys Martin drove in runs for Texas.

The Rangers got on the board in the second with two runs resulting from two hits and two Colorado miscues.

Right fielder Alex Rios doubled down the left-field line and scored after Martin stroked a single to right. Martin moved to second on a balk from Morales, stole third and strolled home after Colorado catcher Michael McKenry's throw sailed into left field.

The Rockies squandered a golden scoring opportunity in the top of the second after loading the bases with one out. Harrison worked out of the jam by coaxing a ground-ball double play from McKenry.

NOTES: The Rangers were busy on Thursday announcing six roster moves. The club recalled INF Luis Sardinas Double-A Frisco, purchased the contracts of INF Rougned Odor from Frisco and RHP Justin Germano from Triple-A Round Rock, placed INF Donnie Murphy placed on 15-day disabled list with a neck strain, and designated INF Josh Wilson and RHP Scott Baker for assignment. ... Colorado's lineup was shuffled when 1B Justin Morneau was scratched before the game because of neck stiffness. Jordan Pacheco moved from catcher to first base, with C Michael McKenry not getting the day off. ... Texas RF Alex Rios snapped a 0-for-11 streak with a second-inning double.
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