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The big right-hander made quite an impression when he finally pitched in a Texas uniform.
"Same thing I've always saw when he pitched against us," manager Ron Washington said. "The guy can execute pitches. He never gets rattled."
Garza pitched into the eighth inning of his Rangers debut, two days after getting traded from the Chicago Cubs. The only run he allowed was unearned after his throwing error in a 3-1 victory over the New York Yankees on Wednesday night.
"I'm excited. I couldn't be more happy being in a place where I'm at, a place where I'm wanted, been wanted. It's awesome," Garza said. "I felt good. I just wanted to throw strikes."
Garza (1-0) was 6-1 in his 11 starts this season for the Cubs. He was 5-0 with a 1.24 ERA his last six starts for Chicago, winning the last five.
After giving up consecutive singles to start his first game in a Rangers jersey, Garza retired 15 of the next 16 batters before his throwing error on Brett Gardner's comebacker leading off the sixth. He finished with five strikeouts and no walks, throwing 66 of 95 pitches for strikes.
"Pounded the zone with vengeance," Washington said.
"He was as advertised," said David Murphy, who homered for Texas. "We've seen him do it before. It was impressive to see him attack the zone like that."
The Rangers were interested in Garza when Tampa Bay traded him to Chicago after the 2010 season. They also inquired about him last summer before he missed the last two months with a stress reaction in his right elbow. He missed the first seven weeks this season because of a strained left lat muscle.
"He's got good stuff. He has a very good fastball and slider. We hit some balls hard, but right at them," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He gave up hits to the first two batters and got out of the inning, and he kind of got on a roll after that."
Gardner's comebacker leading off the sixth rolled away from Garza even though the pitcher was able to get a glove on it. He scrambled to grab the ball, but threw awkwardly off his knee well wide of first base. The speedy Gardner was credited with an infield single and got to third on the errant throw.
Walking off the mound after the inning, Garza was clearly frustrated at himself. He already felt better soon after that, pumping his arms in the air and slapping his hands together when Pierzynski hit his 10th homer.
"It's just I kept turning. I didn't stop myself from sliding, that's why I didn't let the ball go too well. ... Caught me off guard, it's one of those things `' Garza said. "But I made sure I got the next guy out and so close to not letting them score. That's what I was a little [mad] about."
Neal Cotts retired all four batters he faced before Joe Nathan got the final out for his 32nd save in 34 chances. The All-Star closer rebounded from the previous night when he gave up two runs in the ninth of a 5-4 loss to the Yankees.
Pettitte allowed eight hits and two runs while pitching into the seventh. The 41-year-old left-hander struck out two and walked one.
"Pierzynski killed him. He usually handles lefties well. He left a slider down but kind of in the middle of the plate, and he hit it out," Girardi said. "We just need to get [Pettitte] some runs."
The Rangers quickly led 1-0 after Ian Kinsler had a leadoff single, went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Elvis Andrus and scored on a single by Pierzynski. It was the second time in three games this series they scored a run in the first inning, after 10 consecutive games without a run in the initial frame.
|Matt Garza is sharp in his Rangers debut, yielding just five hits and an unearned run through 7 1/3 innings. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|New York (A.L.) Yankees|
|Brett Gardner, CF||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.280|
|Ichiro Suzuki, RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.276|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||4||0||2||1||0||1||2||.302|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.250|
|Vernon Wells, DH||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.239|
|Eduardo Nunez, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.235|
|Brent Lillibridge, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.081|
|Melky Mesa, LF||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.143|
|Chris Stewart, C||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.234|
|a-Travis Hafner, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.209|
|a-grounded out for Stewart in the 8th|
|RBI - Robinson Cano (70)|
|SB - Brett Gardner (17, 3rd base off Garza/Soto), Ichiro Suzuki (15, 2nd base off Garza/Soto)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|New York (A.L.) Yankees|
|Andy Pettitte (L,7-8)||6||8||2||2||1||2||1||4.39|
|Pitches-Strikes - Andy Pettitte 94-65, Shawn Kelley 35-19|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Pettitte 8-8|
|Batters Faced - Andy Pettitte 27, Shawn Kelley 8|
|Ian Kinsler, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||0||3||.280|
|Elvis Andrus, SS||3||0||1||0||0||0||3||.247|
|Nelson Cruz, RF||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.273|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||6||.309|
|A.J. Pierzynski, DH||4||1||2||2||0||0||0||.283|
|Jeff Baker, LF||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||.326|
|David Murphy, LF||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||.226|
|Mitch Moreland, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.253|
|Geovany Soto, C||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||.194|
|Craig Gentry, CF||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.230|
|2B - Jeff Baker (5, Pettitte)|
|HR - A.J. Pierzynski (10, Pettitte), David Murphy (11, Kelley)|
|SH - Elvis Andrus (10)|
|RBI - A.J. Pierzynski 2 (36), David Murphy (33)|
|2-OUT RBI - A.J. Pierzynski 2 (11)|
|SB - Craig Gentry (9, 2nd base off Pettitte/Stewart)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Andrus-Kinsler-Moreland|
|E - Adrian Beltre (10, Misplayed grounder), Matt Garza (1, Throwing)|
|Matt Garza (W,7-1)||7.1||5||1||0||0||5||0||2.87|
|Neal Cotts (H,9)||1.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.91|
|Joe Nathan (S,32)||0.1||1||0||0||0||0||0||1.73|
|Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 95-66, Neal Cotts 15-12, Joe Nathan 5-3|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 10-7, Neal Cotts 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Matt Garza 27, Neal Cotts 4, Joe Nathan 2|
|Attendance - 42360|
|Game Time - 2:43|
|Temperature - 96|
|Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Victor Carapazza, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Kerwin Danley|