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Garza left the game, but not without expressing his disgust over the move.
That tarnished an otherwise solid performance by Garza, who earned his 14th win in Tampa Bay's 4-1 victory Friday night.
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Garza (14-7) gave up one run and five hits in 5 2/3 innings. It was an extension of an outstanding August in which he had a 1.27 ERA over five starts. But it was only the second time in his last nine appearances that he failed to complete six innings, and he wasn't too pleased about being pulled after throwing 98 pitches.
Garza told Maddon as much while coming off the mound, and the manager wasn't going to let it pass.
"I didn't appreciate it, so we reviewed it when I got to the dugout," Maddon said. "I love the fact that that our pitchers don't want to come out of the game, and he's kind of trained himself to pitch farther. However, it was very hot tonight and humid, and I want to try and keep people fresh for the rest of the year."
Afterward, Garza acknowledged that Maddon probably made the right move.
"He was just explaining the situation and just was kind of letting me know what was going on," Garza said. "You want to stay in and go deeper. But I didn't have the stuff to keep going, and it worked out for the best."
Carl Crawford had three hits and an RBI for the Rays, who stayed 1½ games behind the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East and extended their wild-card lead over Boston to seven games. Tampa Bay has won five of six and nine of 12.
In his last outing against the Orioles, Garza yielded four homers and seven runs in 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander's effort in the rematch provided a measure of redemption and improved his lifetime record against Baltimore to 9-1, including 3-0 this season.
Instead of throwing hard, Garza hardly threw with any velocity. The strategy worked.
"He's got a power arm but he finessed tonight. He tripled up on his changeup and threw a lot of breaking balls," Baltimore designated hitter Luke Scott said. "It's usually not typical of him."
Said Garza: "I kind of deviated from the game plan and followed [catcher Jason Jaso's] lead. He wanted to go soft a lot and that's what we did."
Rafael Soriano worked the ninth for his major-league leading 41st save.
Felix Pie drove in the lone run for the Orioles, mired in their first three-game losing streak under manager Buck Showalter. Baltimore is 17-13 since Showalter made his debut on Aug. 3.
"I kept hoping we would put something together," Showalter said. "The key to the game is we scored one run."
Kevin Millwood (3-15) allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. He was vying for a second straight win after going nine straight starts without one.
"I don't think it was terrible," Millwood said of his outing, "but I didn't make enough good pitches to give us a really good chance to win."
Millwood allowed at least one first-inning run in 13 of his previous 17 starts, and it appeared the trend would continue when Crawford hit a two-out triple and Evan Longoria walked. But Carlos Pena popped out to end the threat.
In the third, however, Crawford hit an RBI single and scored on Longoria's AL-high 43rd double.
Reid Brignac singled in a run and Ben Zobrist hit a sacrifice fly to make it 4-0 in the fourth. Baltimore got a run back in the bottom half when Ty Wigginton doubled, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on a fly ball to center by Pie.
|Players of the Game|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|John Jaso, C||3||0||0||0||2||0||0||.277|
|Ben Zobrist, 2B||4||0||0||1||0||1||1||.249|
|Carl Crawford, LF||5||1||3||1||0||1||4||.298|
|Evan Longoria, 3B||3||0||1||1||1||2||1||.296|
|Carlos Pena, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.207|
|Matt Joyce, RF||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.224|
|Dan Johnson, DH||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.161|
|a- Willy Aybar, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.234|
|B.J. Upton, CF||3||1||2||0||1||0||0||.235|
|Reid Brignac, SS||4||1||2||1||0||0||2||.261|
|a-struck out for Johnson in the 8th|
|2B - Evan Longoria (43, Millwood)|
|3B - Carl Crawford (9, Millwood)|
|SF - Ben Zobrist (11)|
|RBI - Ben Zobrist (59), Carl Crawford (72), Evan Longoria (90), Reid Brignac (39)|
|2-OUT RBI - Carl Crawford (17), Evan Longoria (33)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Zobrist-Brignac-Pena|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Matt Garza (W,14-7)||5.2||5||1||1||3||3||0||3.46|
|Chad Qualls (H,10)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||7.43|
|Randy Choate (H,15)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.38|
|Joaquin Benoit (H,24)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.46|
|Rafael Soriano (S,41)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||1.66|
|WP - Matt Garza 2 (12)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 98-62, Chad Qualls 10-8, Randy Choate 3-1, Joaquin Benoit 11-9, Rafael Soriano 15-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 7-6, Chad Qualls 1-2, Randy Choate 1-0, Rafael Soriano 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Matt Garza 24, Chad Qualls 4, Randy Choate 1, Joaquin Benoit 3, Rafael Soriano 4|
|Brian Roberts, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.259|
|Nick Markakis, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.285|
|Ty Wigginton, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.251|
|Luke Scott, DH||2||0||1||0||2||1||0||.288|
|Felix Pie, LF||3||0||0||1||0||0||2||.285|
|Corey Patterson, CF||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||.267|
|Matt Wieters, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||4||.251|
|Cesar Izturis, SS||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.232|
|Josh Bell, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.216|
|2B - Ty Wigginton (25, Garza), Josh Bell (4, Garza)|
|SF - Felix Pie (3)|
|SH - Cesar Izturis (6)|
|RBI - Felix Pie (18)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Wigginton, B. Roberts-Izturis-Wigginton|
|Kevin Millwood (L,3-15)||5.2||7||4||4||5||3||0||5.38|
|HBP - Longoria (by Kevin Millwood)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Millwood 101-57, Mark Hendrickson 34-24, Jim Johnson 5-3|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Millwood 3-10, Mark Hendrickson 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Kevin Millwood 29, Mark Hendrickson 10, Jim Johnson 1|
|Attendance - 13507|
|Game Time - 3:05|
|Temperature - 89|
|Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Tim Welke|