Rangers-White Sox Preview

Matt Garza pitched well against the White Sox during his time

with the team from Chicago’s North Side.

He’s usually been very good when facing them on the South

Side.

Back in the Windy City, Garza looks to continue that success

against the White Sox and help the Texas Rangers bounce back from

their first road defeat in three weeks Sunday.

During the two-plus seasons Garza (3-1, 4.32 ERA) pitched for

the Cubs, he went 2-1 with a 2.33 ERA in four career starts against

the White Sox (53-75). The right-hander allowed an earned run in

seven innings of an 8-2 victory on July 8 to improve to 3-0 with a

2.89 ERA in five career regular-season starts at U.S. Cellular

Field.

Thanks to an average of 8.56 runs of support, Garza is 2-1 in

four August starts despite posting a 5.60 ERA. He yielded four runs

and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings against Milwaukee on Aug. 14, then

five and eight more hits in 6 2-3 frames of a 16-5 win over Houston

on Monday.

“My last outing, I didn’t have a great outing so this outing I

wanted to keep attacking and stay in the strike zone,” he told the

Rangers’ official website. “I probably kept the ball too much in

the strike zone.”

Garza and the AL West-leading Rangers (75-54) hope to regroup

after they blew a 2-0 lead in Saturday’s 3-2 loss. Texas matched

the franchise single-season record of nine straight road wins

Friday, but one night later, Adam Dunn tied the game with a two-run

homer in the sixth and rookie Josh Phegley delivered a game-winning

single in the ninth.

“We battled but they got the big hit it counted,” Rangers

manager Ron Washington said. “We had our chances but we just didn’t

deliver.”

Ex-White Sox outfielder Alex Rios had a two-run homer for Texas,

which also had a four-game overall winning streak end. It was Rios’

first homer in 13 games since joining the Rangers earlier this

month. He’s 3 for 9 in the series and 7 for 20 with four RBIs in

five road games with Texas.

Dayan Viciedo added two hits for the White Sox, who have won

seven of eight and 13 of 19.

Viciedo is 8 for 17 the last four games following a 3-for-27

stretch.

Teammate Avisail Garcia is batting .364 during an 11-game

hitting streak.

Though Austin, Texas, native and Chicago starter John Danks

(3-10, 4.22) is 0-4 despite posting a 3.83 ERA in his last seven

starts against the Rangers, the left-hander got his first win since

July 2 on Tuesday when he gave up seven hits in eight innings of a

2-0 victory at Kansas City.

“You can look at each game and pick out an at-bat or a certain

pitch where I didn’t do myself any favors. Fortunately, I was able

to stay away from that (Tuesday),” said Danks, who went 0-5 with a

4.70 ERA in the previous eight starts. “I felt like I was giving

myself the best chance to win.”

It’s possible Danks won’t have to face Texas outfielder Leonys

Martin, who left late in Saturday’s game with an ankle injury.