ARLINGTON, Texas – Matt Garza pitched into the eighth inning of his Rangers debut, the only run he allowed unearned after his throwing error, and Texas beat the New York Yankees 3-1 on Wednesday night.
Garza (1-0) was 6-1 in his 11 starts this season for the Chicago Cubs before being traded Monday to the Rangers, who had long coveted the right-hander. 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.
A.J. Pierzynski drove in two runs for Texas, including a tiebreaking solo homer in the bottom of the sixth off Andy Pettitte (7-8). David Murphy also homered, off reliever Shawn Kelley in the eighth.
Garza struck out five with no walks while throwing 95 pitches over 7 1/3 innings.
Neal Cotts retired all four batters he faced before Joe Nathan got the final out for his 32nd save in 34 chances.
ATHLETICS 4, ASTROS 3: In Houston, Coco Crisp hit a two-run homer in Oakland’s three-run seventh inning to help the Athletics beat Houston.
ANGELS 1, TWINS 0: In Anaheim, Calif., Jered Weaver outpitched Mike Pelfrey with eight innings of two-hit ball and Albert Pujols drove in the only run, leading Los Angeles to a victory over Minnesota.
INDIANS 10, MARINERS 1: In Seattle, Scott Kazmir allowed just one hit over his eight innings, Michael Bourn hit his first career grand slam and Cleveland routed Seattle.
RAYS 5, RED SOX 1: In Boston, David Price pitched a five-hitter for his third complete game of the season, Wil Myers had a two-run single, and surging Tampa Bay won for the 19th time in 22 games.
ROYALS 4, ORIOLES 3: In Kansas City, Mo., Eric Hosmer hit two home runs and Alcides Escobar drove in the winning run in the ninth to lift Kansas City past Baltimore.
BRAVES 8, METS 2: In New York, Tim Hudson took a shutout into the eighth inning before getting spiked at first base and carted off the field during Atlanta’s victory over New York.
Hudson (8-7) was working on a four-hitter when Eric Young Jr. hit a grounder that was knocked down by Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman.
Hudson took Freeman’s toss at the bag just before Young arrived, and the speedy outfielder stepped on the back of Hudson’s lower right leg, driving the pitcher’s right ankle awkwardly into the ground.
Hudson had X-rays at Citi Field, and the Braves say he will undergo surgery in Atlanta once the swelling goes down. It’s unclear how long he will be out or whether he’ll be able to pitch again this season.
PIRATES 4, NATIONALS 2: In Washington, Pittsburgh left-hander Francisco Liriano did not allow a hit until the sixth inning against a struggling Washington lineup, and Pedro Alvarez homered off an otherwise-dominant Stephen Strasburg, leading the Pirates to victory.
The Nationals fell to 0-6 since the All-Star break and have lost 11 of their last 13 games.
BREWERS 3, PADRES 1: In Milwaukee, Kyle Lohse pitched seven strong innings and Carlos Gomez had four hits and drove in two runs to lead Milwaukee over San Diego.
DODGERS 8, BLUE JAYS 3, 10 inn.: In Toronto, Mark Ellis hit a two-run homer to highlight a five-run 10th inning as Los Angeles beat Toronto to complete a three-game sweep.
Yasiel Puig also went deep in the 10th for the streaking Dodgers, who have won six straight and 23 of 28 to go from last in the NL West on June 21 to first place.