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MLB: Texas 4, Minnesota 0

ARLINGTON, Texas, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Rich Harden and three Texas Rangers relievers nearly teamed for a no-hitter Monday but instead settled for a one-hit, 4-0 victory over Minnesota.

Harden (5-4) held the Twins hitless over 6 2/3 innings and relievers Matt Harrison and Darren O'Day carried the hitless effort into the ninth.

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Rangers closer Neftali Perez recorded one out in the final frame, but then the Twins' Joe Mauer lined a clean single to center to break up the no-no.

Harden survived five walks and struck out six in 100-degree heat before being removed after 111 pitches. His effort helped the Rangers win the first of a four-game series between the leaders of the American League West and Central divisions.

David Murphy smacked a two-run triple in the first inning and Michael Young chipped in with two hits and an RBI for Texas.

Nick Blackburn (7-8), in his return to the Twins after a stint in the minors, surrendered three runs on eight hits over seven innings.

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