Coming into Saturday’s game against the Oakland Athletics, the Texas Rangers had a five-game winning streak. The five-game streak was the tied for the longest of the season for Texas. During the streak, Texas had crawled back from a six-game deficit to Oakland and only trailed by 2.5 games.
Matt Garza made his third start for the Rangers since being traded from the Chicago Cubs. Saturday saw several streaks come to an end, however.
Garza gave up three runs in the first inning as the A’s went on to beat the Rangers by a 4-2 score. It was the first time all season that Garza gave any up runs in the first inning of a ball game — a pretty impressive number that covers 14 games started. With the win, Oakland snaps their three-game losing streak and they move back in front of Texas by 3.5 games in the American League West standings.
Texas manager Ron Washington was denied his chance of becoming the Rangers’ all-time-winningest manager as well.
Texas will look to start another winning streak on Sunday as they finish up the three-game series with Oakland. Texas will send left-hander Derek Holland to the mound in hopes of cutting into the A’s deficit once again. Hopefully, the Rangers will move closer to Oakland and give Washington the win he needs to pass Bobby Valentine.