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Harrison wasn’t bad himself, allowing five hits and two runs _ one earned _ while walking three and striking out three through six innings. The left-hander has been bothered by pain from a kidney stone, but he bounced back from a rough start against the Detroit Tigers Tuesday by pitching strong into the seventh.

“He battled. He was throwing the ball really well,” first baseman Michael Young said.

Liriano’s perfect game ended with one out in the seventh, when the fast-footed Andrus hit a slow bouncer that hugged the line and Hughes, playing third base in the majors for only the fifth time in his career, tried to make a backhanded play.

The ball went under his glove and glanced off his knee toward the Texas dugout, allowing Andrus to take second. Official scorer Gregg Wong, after reviewing replays, ruled the play an error on Hughes.

But Liriano went right back at the Rangers, retiring Josh Hamilton and Michael Young on routine flyballs to finish the inning and keep the no-hitter in tact for the eighth.

“For a minute there, he just went through the lineup,” Washington said. “But then he hit a wall, so I sort of wish he would’ve hit that wall in the first.”

NOTES: Harrison had X-rays, which showed no broken bones. … 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.