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Matt Garza beats Yankees in Rangers debut

Rangers' Garza throws against the Yankees during the third inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Arlington

Newly acquired Texas Rangers pitcher Matt Garza throws against the New York Yankees during the third inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Arlington, Texas, July 24, 2013. REUTERS/Tim Sharp (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

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Matt Garza’s first start for the Rangers couldn’t have gone much better, as he allowed just an unearned run over 7 1/3 innings to pick up a victory in a 3-1 game against the Yankees on Wednesday.

Garza struck out five and walked none to outshine Andy Pettitte in Pettitte’s best start in six weeks. The left-hander gave up just two runs in six innings. It was the first time since a June 8 victory over the Mariners that Pettitte surrendered fewer than four runs.

Garza has won each of his last six starts dating back to June 21, not giving up more than two runs in any of them. The lone run tonight came after his own error in the sixth. Brett Gardner hit a comebacker that Garza struggled to grab and then threw away. It was ruled an infield single and a two-base throwing error that allowed Gardner to reach third.