He hasn't had much trouble against the Milwaukee Brewers in recent years, though.
After having its winning streak snapped, Texas sends Garza to the mound as he seeks another solid outing against the visiting Brewers on Wednesday night.
The Rangers (69-51) had won eight straight games and 13 of their last 14 before falling 5-1 to Milwaukee on Tuesday. Mitch Moreland 's third-inning homer accounted for their only run, and they've scored three times over their last two.
Texas averaged 6.7 runs over its previous seven contests."There was no lack of energy or lack of enthusiasm or lack of anything," said catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who went 0 for 4. "It just didn't work out. Those games happen sometimes."
One of the Rangers' defeats during their hot stretch came with Garza (2-1, 3.38 ERA) on the mound, as he suffered a 4-2 loss to Oakland on Aug. 3 after giving up four runs in eight innings.
He also allowed four runs Friday against Houston, but received plenty of run support over his seven innings and recorded a 9-5 win. Garza has allowed 11 runs over his last three starts after giving up only eight combined over his previous seven outings."Great team win," said Garza, 7-1 with a 2.10 ERA dating back to June 16 when he was still with the Chicago Cubs . "I stayed long enough in there to let the boys come back and pick it up. Sometimes you give up four and you get a win."
It has taken the right-hander his last five starts combined against the Brewers to give up four earned runs, as he's 3-0 with a 1.01 ERA in that stretch. Garza allowed one run and struck out 10 in seven innings of a 7-2 win June 27 while with the Cubs.
Milwaukee third baseman Aramis Ramirez , another former Cub, on Tuesday ended a five-week stint on the disabled list due to patellar tendinitis in his left knee, but he went 0 for 3. He homered May 7 in a 6-3 win over Texas for the Brewers (52-67), who have won five of their last seven.
Rookie Scooter Gennett , the No. 9 hitter, homered twice and is 7 for 16 with three home runs and six RBIs over his last four. He was hazed a bit after each of his homers Tuesday.
"The silent treatment, it was actually a really good one," Gennett said. "It's all fun, it's always good to give a few people some laughs."
Milwaukee, which has a 1.57 ERA over its last eight, will turn to another youngster in pitcher Tyler Thornburg on Wednesday.
Thornburg (1-0, 1.72) has been very solid in both of his starts this season, allowing four hits in six scoreless innings of Milwaukee's 3-2 win over the Cubs on July 30 before giving up an unearned run in six frames of the Brewers' 4-2 loss at San Francisco on Aug. 5.
He came out of the bullpen Saturday for his seventh relief appearance to pitch a scoreless inning in a 10-0 win over Seattle. The right-hander has never faced Texas and has no record with a 2.77 ERA in five career starts.
Moreland has homered in all three meetings this season versus the Brewers, who have won two.
|August 08, 2013||Rickie Weeks||15-Day DL||Left hamstring surgery - out for season|
|August 02, 2013||Tom Gorzelanny||Day-to-Day||Left elbow contusion|
|July 31, 2013||Yovani Gallardo||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|July 30, 2013||Yovani Gallardo||Day-to-Day||Left hamstring tightness|
|July 27, 2013||Jean Segura||Day-to-Day||Right forearm tightness|
|July 23, 2013||Donovan Hand||Day-to-Day||Left game - bruised right hand|
|August 03, 2013||Nelson Cruz||Day-to-Day||Lower body|
|July 12, 2013||Justin Grimm||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore right forearm|
|July 07, 2013||Yu Darvish||15-Day DL||Upper back strain|
|July 07, 2013||Yu Darvish||15-Day DL||Upper back strain|
|July 07, 2013||Lance Berkman||15-Day DL||Left hip inflammation|
|July 06, 2013||Nick Tepesch||15-Day DL||Right elbow inflammation|
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Patience paid off for Elvis Andrus and the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night against the Milwaukee Brewers .
The Rangers used six walks and only one extra-base in a come-from-behind 5-4 victory, their 14th win in 16 games.
"We never feel like we're out of the game - we play all nine innings," said Ian Kinsler , who, along with Andrus, finished with two hits and a pair of RBIs.
The AL West-leading Rangers were 7-40 when trailing after six innings before a three-run rally that began in the seventh. Andrus had an RBI single to snap an 0-for-13 skid and Kinsler a two-run single that turned a two-run deficit into a lead for Texas.
"You can't ask for more than that - (Tuesday) night I got in the same situation . and hit the ball right at a guy," Kinsler said. "Tonight I was able to find a hole."
While Rangers starter Matt Garza gave up eight hits and four runs in 5 2-3 innings - his shortest start since arriving in Texas - Neal Cotts , Jason Frasor (4-2), Tanner Scheppers and Joe Nathan combined to shut down the Brewers.
Nathan notched his 36th save in 38 tries.
The usually reliable Milwaukee bullpen fell apart in that seventh after Brewers right hander Tyler Thornburg gave up one earned run in six innings, receiving a no-decision for the third time in three starts.
Left-hander Michael Gonzalez walked the two batters he faced, then John Axford walked pinch-hitter Jeff Baker to load the bases with no outs.
After a Leonys Martin strikeout, Andrus hit a line drive single to cut the Rangers' deficit to 4-3. Burke Badenhop relieved Axford (5-6) and promptly gave up the two-run single to Kinsler.
"They've been doing such a good job that when they don't, it's surprising," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "Walking the bases loaded is a tough thing to do when you're up a couple of runs, but those guys aren't perfect."
Milwaukee's Juan Francisco homered twice and drove in four runs.
And twice Martin, the Rangers center fielder, and third baseman Jurickson Profar hooked up for impressive putouts that stalled Milwaukee scoring chances.
In the first inning, Martin threw out Juan Segura as Profar stretched out for the catch and made the tag just as Segura was sliding into Profar's foot.
And in the sixth, Profar came a foot off the bag to his left then reached down quickly to tag Carlos Gomez for the out. Martin has a team-leading 10 outfield assists this season, which is tied for first in the American League.
"Those were as good of throws as I've seen an outfielder make this year," Roenicke said. "He threw out our fastest runners. When we're taking off, we don't think he's going to be able to throw us out, but his throws were perfect."
The Rangers started off the scoring as Kinsler made it 1-0 after Adrian Beltre singled. They led 2-1 when David Murphy led off the third by reaching first on an error, moving to second on a balk then scoring on Andrus' single past a diving Scooter Gannett.
Francisco hit a 428 foot homer in the second. His second long ball was a three-run shot and gave Milwaukee at 4-2 lead in the fourth inning.
It was Francisco's second multihomer game, the last being April 16 when he was playing for the Braves against Kansas City.
The game was delayed 37 minutes. Tuesday's game was delayed 42 minutes.
NOTES: RHP Alexi Oganda had a CT scan on his right shoulder Wednesday after complaining of soreness following Tuesday's start. Oganda (5-4) pitched 6 1-3 innings and threw only 73 pitches in the loss. Ogando has been on the DL twice this season, the last time ending on July 23 because of shoulder inflammation. . The Rangers acquired LHP Travis Blackley from the Houston Astros for cash considerations before the game. Blackley, who was 1-1 with a 4.89 ERA in 42 relief appearances for the Astros this season, was assigned to Triple-A Round Rock. . Aramis Ramirez was in the lineup as designated hitter on Wednesday in his second game back after being out for more than a month with a knee injury.