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Matt Garza wins Rangers debut, 3-1 over Yankees

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 24, 2013 at 11:11 pm •  Published: July 24, 2013
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Garza then snagged Ichiro Suzuki's comebacker for an out before Robinson Cano lined a single over second baseman Ian Kinsler's head to tie the game at 1.

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 eights 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.

NOTES: Even with the victory for the Rangers, it was the 27th day in a row they failed to gain ground in the AL West since Oakland won 4-3 at Houston earlier Wednesday. The Rangers have gone from a half-game lead to three games back in that span. ... Rangers opening day starter Matt Harrison threw live BP, facing hitters for the first time since April. The lefty has been on the DL and had two back surgeries since his last start April 6. Harrison says he felt good and is expected to throw BP again Saturday in Cleveland. ... Yankees OF Curtis Granderson (broken pinkie) said he will start a minor league rehab assignment Thursday night with Class A Tampa and will evaluated at the end of the weekend.