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Matt Garza beats Yankees in Rangers debut

Jul 24, 2013, 11:16 PM EDT

Matt Garza Reuters

Matt Garza‘s first start for the Rangers couldn’t have gone much better, as he allowed just an unearned run over 7 1/3 innings to pick up a victory in a 3-1 game against the Yankees on Wednesday.

Garza struck out five and walked none to outshine Andy Pettitte in Pettitte’s best start in six weeks. The left-hander gave up just two runs in six innings. It was the first time since a June 8 victory over the Mariners that Pettitte surrendered fewer than four runs.

Garza has won each of his last six starts dating back to June 21, not giving up more than two runs in any of them. The lone run tonight came after his own error in the sixth. Brett Gardner hit a comebacker that Garza struggled to grab and then threw away. It was ruled an infield single and a two-base throwing error that allowed Gardner to reach third.

  1. lazlosother - Jul 24, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    I don’t mind seeing Garza get ready to cash in on fee agency but I root for NY, so (&**(&%%#$#()(&%&$&^#*^%*&%&*%(*%)%&!

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 24, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    In other news the bluejays lost for the 7th straight time and are now “10” magical games below .500!!! Nice bullpen the jays have there! Hell nice pitching on the entire roster they have!

    • paperlions - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:52 AM

      In the end, the Jays will finish tied with the Yankees, because if you don’t make the playoffs, it doesn’t really matter how badly you missed….and the Jays will get the higher draft pick (and more importantly, the slot bonus that goes with it) due to their record….so, the Jays will actually have a more productive year than the Yankees…and their roster looks much better for next year than that of the Yankees (and the FA class this winter is going to be really weak).

      • Old Gator - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:46 AM

        Poor Harry. As the Coriolus effect embraces him and his team, he will become louder – though no less tedious – like the little scream of x-rays emitted by space garbage being sucked into a black hole.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:45 PM

        That’s about the dumbest thing I ever read here and that’s saying a LOT! The jays have been getting higher draft picks for the last 20+ Years!! And look at how much its helped them!! The problem with the jays is real simple, they make terrible player decisions whether they are drafting or trading so they need to fire the entire front office, all the scouts and then move somewhere where they will have an actual fan face and start over. Until they do that they will keep missing the postseason year after year after year. Decade after Decade after Decade. The Yanks on the other hand are going to have to start over themselves a little here and will have to make some trades and a few FA signings. I say in 3 years they are back in the WS and the jays? Oh that’s easy they will still be counting all the years since the last time they made it. get a clue paperchump!

  3. losanginsight - Jul 24, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    There goes Dipotos job.

  4. billsysabres - Jul 24, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Is it garza or the lack of batters for ny

    • Glenn - Jul 24, 2013 at 11:51 PM

      Garza has kicked enough ass in the AL East to be believed. I’m a BoSox fan and watched him shut the Sox down enough. Though I couldn’t stand to watch his gross spitting all the time, I wish we could have gotten him. He is a top of the rotation difference maker.

      • bendover09 - Jul 25, 2013 at 2:30 AM

        Agreed. Garza also held the Rangers to 1 run in ALCS during the time when the team was red hot.

      • psuorioles - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:45 AM

        I agree with you… I really wanted the O’s to trade for Garza. He killed the O’s back in his days.

  5. artisan3m - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Garza was solid to the plate all night. Maybe it was ‘new team jitters’ that cause the errant toss to 1st, allowing Gardner to reach 3rd. Take away his own error and he pitched a shutout. I’d imagine he will be a welcome addition to the rotation. Now the Rangers’ biggest weakness is getting runs home after they get on base. But even in their ‘slump’ they are only three games out and its a long time till the 162nd game.

    • derklempner - Jul 25, 2013 at 2:26 AM

      Garza’s shaky defense isn’t jitters; he’s been like that for the entire time he’s been with the Cubs. Watch him try to throw to first base to hold a runner, and you’ll see either a lackadaisical toss or an off-target throw.

  6. jputignano - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    In Garza’s debut; Rangers top the Yankees 3-1

  7. pisano - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Big deal, which pitcher hasn’t beat the Yankees with the offensive line up they put on the field. No big accomplishment.

  8. reeggss - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Where is all the “rangers got fleeced in this trade” talk now? I understand its one game but garza is underrated and olt is overrated. Colby Lewis has begun rehab, feliz starts rehab on 8/2, soria pitching great, rangers have positioned themselves well, just need an outfield bat.

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