D-backs starter Max Scherzer didn't back down when the Rangers fouled off his pitches. He didn't slow down when his pitch count blew past the century mark.
He just kept pitching and pitching.
The right-hander fed the Texas visitors a steady stream of fastballs, breaking balls and offspeed pitches on his way to his third consecutive victory in the D-backs' 8-2 win against the the American League sluggers at Chase Field on Tuesday night.
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The pivotal moment was the fourth inning. The Rangers had just cut the D-backs' lead to 4-2 with an RBI single by Ian Kinsler in the top of the inning and were making Scherzer work hard. Arizona had the bottom three hitters coming up in its half of the inning. Harrison needed a shutdown inning.
He didn't get it. He got one out then walked Ryan Roberts, the D-backs' No. 8 hitter, on four pitches. Scherzer then bunted Roberts to second and he scored on a single by
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