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Liriano had plenty of help from his defense, including a sliding catch by left fielder Jason Repko at the line to take a hit from Beltre in the second inning. Cuddyer made a difficult play at first base for an unassisted out in the third by moving to his right to scoop David Murphy's chopper and racing to beat him to the bag by a hair.
The Rangers had plenty of pop in their lineup, with only regulars Mitch Moreland and Mike Napoli missing, but they looked lost against Liriano.
This has been another up-and-down season for Liriano, whose rookie-year dominance in 2006 has yet to be re-established on a regular basis since the elbow injury -- and subsequent ligament replacement surgery -- that kept him out of major league action from September 2006 to April 2008.
Even this year, with the no-hitter against the White Sox in Chicago included, just four of his first 10 starts qualified as quality: six innings or more and three runs or fewer.
He spent 15 days on the disabled list recently due to inflammation in his throwing shoulder, returning Tuesday in a 1-0 loss in Cleveland to the Indians. He was on a strict pitch count that game, throwing 81 times and striking out seven in five innings.
Before the game Sunday, though, manager Ron Gardenhire said the leash was off for Liriano, and let loose, he did.
Finishing a four-pitch strikeout of Hamilton, the reigning American League Most Valuable Player, Liriano ended the fourth inning in style by getting him to swing feebly and miss at sliders clocked at 85 and 87 mph.
NOTES: Harrison had X-rays, which showed no broken bones. ... Liriano had a 9.13 ERA after his first five starts this season. ... Hamilton is set to tape an appearance on the David Letterman show Monday in New York, where the Rangers begin a three-game series against the Yankees Tuesday.
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