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Matt Garza dominates Royals, keeps the Rangers in the hunt

Sep 21, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

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The once-strong Rangers have had a miserable September, entering tonight’s affair against the Royals with 14 losses in 18 games during the month. With recently-acquired starter Matt Garza on the hill, the Rangers made a strong effort in reversing their fortunes tonight.

The Rangers went up 3-0 early on Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie, scoring once in the first on an Elvis Andrus ground out, and twice in the third on Adrian Beltre‘s RBI single to center and A.J. Pierzynski‘s sacrifice fly. From there, Garza had all the run support he would need. The right-hander blanked the Royals over eight innings, finally relenting in the ninth when Eric Hosmer blasted a solo home run to left field. Overall, Garza allowed the one run on five hits and a walk while striking out five. Joe Nathan relieved Garza and recorded three easy outs for the 3-1 victory, his 40th save of the season.

With the loss, the Royals were eliminated from AL Central contention. For the Rangers, the victory ensures that the Athletics cannot clinch the AL West until tomorrow, following either their own win or a Rangers loss. Meanwhile, the Rangers remain a half-game behind the Indians for the second AL Wild Card. Alexi Ogando will start in tomorrow’s series finale in Kansas City. The Rangers return home for seven games to wrap up the season: three against the lowly Astros and four against the Angels.

  1. bayrich - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Garza and the rangers are trash lmaooo

  2. proudlycanadian - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Nice to see the Rangers remembering how to win. The Rangers, Indians and Rays all won making the task of the Orioles, Yankees and Royals a lot harder.

  3. yankeepunk3000 - Sep 21, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    if you think about it looks like the astros have one of the tougher scheduals. Rangers Yankees?

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