- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 14, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) - The Texas Rangers‘ list of injured pitchers just keeps growing.

Matt Harrison pitched just 1 2-3 innings in an 8-0 loss to the Houston Astros on Tuesday night before leaving with back stiffness, leaving his status uncertain.

“We’ll fight through it,” manager Ron Washington said about the mounting injuries. “The games are on the schedule to be played, and we’re going to play them. I guess you could say it’s extraordinary, but we are going to get the guys up here that can function. We’ll get it done.”

Dallas Keuchel pitched a seven-hitter for his first major league shutout to lead Houston.

Keuchel (4-2) struck out seven without a walk. He gave up just one extra-base hit, a double by Adrian Beltre in the first inning, and threw his second career complete game.

L.J. Hoes and Carlos Corporan each homered and drove in three runs.

The Astros were shut out 4-0 in the series opener, but jumped on Harrison (1-1) for three runs in the second. Hoes hit a two-run homer in the inning.

“I felt OK warming up, but looking up (at the radar) I noticed that my velocity just kept going down further and further,” Harrison said. “Then I knew at that point, something wasn’t right.”

He said he will go to Dallas on Wednesday to visit a doctor.

Harrison is hoping this problem isn’t serious after starting just two games last season after two surgeries to repair a herniated disk in his back.

“I am still thinking about what happened last year and I really don’t want to go through that again,” he said. “But for now, I am just going to wait for what I find out (Wednesday) and then wrap my head around it.”

They were up by four before a four-run fifth inning powered by an RBI single by Hoes and a three-run shot by Corporan.

The roof at Minute Maid Park was open to start the game, but it was closed during the eighth inning with a storm approaching. It was the first Astros game where the roof was both open and closed since 2006.

Houston was up by four before a four-run fifth inning powered by an RBI single by Hoes and a three-run shot by Corporan.

Texas slugger Prince Fielder was thrown out in the fourth, trying to stretch the first of two singles into a double in the fourth. He was initially ruled safe, but Houston manager Bo Porter challenged the call and it was overturned.

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