Armed with that adjustment, Harang tossed six strong innings for the Mariners in a 4-1 loss to the Pirates on Tuesday night. The right-hander gave up two runs on five hits and took the loss, falling to 1-4 on the season.
"I think with the three weeks off at the beginning of the season and just trying to keep myself in a rhythm, I was working more out of the stretch than anything," Harang said. "I think once I got back into a normal routine, I was kind of thrown off a little bit. We've done our work trying to figure things out, and obviously the last two starts have shown that's where I need to be at.
"I felt like I was really getting a good rhythm and good tempo with everything, and I was able to throw pitches where I wanted to and I was keeping the ball down in the zone."
Mariners manager Eric Wedge was encouraged by Harang's last outing.
"Those last three innings in particular -- that was as good as we've seen him," Wedge said.
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