Texas Rangers starter Matt Garza has struggled mightily in September, but not tonight, as he beat the KC Royals 3-1. Garza pitched into the ninth inning and allowed just one run on five hits and a walk. He struck out five. The lone run he allowed came via the leadoff home run by Eric Hosmer in the ninth. Garza threw just 97 pitches, 70 for strikes.
Joe Nathan finished off the Royals 1-2-3 in the ninth with two strikeouts. He picked up his 40th save of the season. The Rangers are a 1/2 game back of the second American League Wild Card spot. TB and Cleveland hold the two spots. For the Royals, they dropped to 3.5 games back (tied with Baltimore). The NY Yankees are three games back.
Meanwhile, Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie threw 100 pitches over six innings. The Rangers jumped on him in the very first inning after Ian Kinsler led off the game with a triple. Elvis Andrus drove him in with a ground out.
In the 3rd inning, the Rangers scored two runs to take the 3-0 lead. It all started with back-to-back one out walks. A single and a sac fly drove in the two runs. From there, Guthrie allowed hits in every inning, but escaped.
Louis Coleman was once again spotless over 1.1 innings (just 16 pitches thrown). Lefty Francisley Bueno finished off the eighth before being pulled after allowing a leadoff single in the ninth. Aaron Crow entered in the ninth and struck out his first batter before inducing an inning ending double play.