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The Texas Rangers haven't experienced many setbacks over the last two weeks, but Matt Garza hasn't exactly been at his best during that stretch.

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.

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Probable Starters

Tyler Thornburg, RHP
2013 stats
31.1 Innings Pitched 100.1
1-0 Wins-Losses 8-2
1.72 Earned Run Average 3.23
10 Walks 25
22 Strikeouts 86
98 Pitches Per Start 101
Career vs. opponent
- Innings Pitched 47.1
--- Wins-Losses 4-1
- Earned Run Average 2.66

Matt Garza, RHP
Weather
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Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Milwaukee1st NL Central5845.563-6-4 W 4
Texas5th AL West4062.39223 ½ 2-8 L 3
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Matt Garza
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Bianchi110001.000
Lucroy21010.500
Ramirez52011.400
Schafer31001.333
Gomez31000.333
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Tyler Thornburg
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Beltre000000
Cotts000000
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Injuries
Milwaukee
PlayerInjury
J. BianchiElbow
S. GennettQuad
J. HendersonShoulder
T. ThornburgElbow
W. WangShoulder
Texas
PlayerInjury
E. BeltreLeg
P. FielderNeck
P. FigueroaElbow
M. HarrisonBack
D. HollandKnee
K. KouzmanoffBack
M. MorelandAnkle
A. OgandoElbow
J. OrtizFoot
M. PerezElbow
J. ProfarShoulder
T. ScheppersElbow
J. SmolinskiFoot
G. SotoGroin
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Apr 21OAKTEX 4-3Cotts Doolittle 
Apr 22OAKTEX 5-4Ogando Gregerson 
Apr 23OAKTEX 3-0Perez Gray 
Apr 28TEXOAK 4-0Gray Darvish 
Apr 29TEXOAK 9-3Kazmir Perez 
Apr 30TEXOAK 12-1Chavez Ross 
Jun 16OAKTEX 14-8Lewis Pomeranz 
Jun 17OAKOAK 10-6Milone Darvish 
Jun 18OAKOAK 4-2Gray Tepesch 
Jul 25TEX 8:05 PM EDT  
Jul 26TEX 8:05 PM EDT  
Jul 27TEX 7:05 PM EDT  
Sep 16OAK10:05 PM EDT  
Sep 17OAK10:05 PM EDT  
Sep 18OAK 3:35 PM EDT  
Sep 25TEX 8:05 PM EDT  
Sep 26TEX 8:05 PM EDT  
Sep 27TEX 8:05 PM EDT  
Sep 28TEX 3:05 PM EDT