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    SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 17: Starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo #49 of the Texas Rangers pitches in the fifth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on April 17, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

    Yovani Gallardo still doesn't have a quality start since July 2, and he hasn't worked six innings since July 30, when he allowed five runs to the Yankees in a Rangers win.

    He couldn't break that six-inning barrier once again on Tuesday in Minnesota, but he was good.

    Gallardo needed 100 pitches to get through 5 2/3 innings, which has become about par for the course for the veteran righty. That wasn't good. What was good? He allowed no runs on just two hits, but he did walk three batters.

    The trend is getting old for Gallardo, who can't seem to get through six innings to save his life. Even in the midst of a scoreless inning streak of more than 30 innings, he struggled, though he did get into the eighth inning twice and finished the eighth once.

    The damage from Gallardo's inability to work deeper into games is obvious. It gets the Rangers bullpen up quicker, and even with its recent additions, it's still not a real solid group. We saw that once again on Tuesday as Gallardo left with a 2-0 lead and the Rangers ended up losing in walk-off fashion, 3-2.