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August 14, 2013

Wrapping up Rangers' 5-4 victory over Brewers

Matt Garza had his roughest and shortest outing since joining the Texas Rangers last month. He allowed four runs for a third consecutive start, and didn't get through the sixth inning.

But the Rangers drew three walks to start the seventh, and rallied for a 5-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers to split a two-game series. The Rangers have won nine of their last 10 games.

"I'm just happy we pulled it out," Garza said. "Huge win. We're trying to get to October. It's what we needed tonight."

Garza's biggest problem of the night were his at-bats against Juan Francisco. He gave up a solo homer in the second on a fastball away, and a three-run shot in the fourth on a pitch he thought he jammed Francisco in with. Either way, Garza was in good spirits after the offense bailed him out.

Here are a few postgame notes:

* Ian Kinsler drove in the go-ahead run with a two-run single in the seventh inning. It was Kinsler's second career go-ahead hit with Texas trailing in the seventh or later.

* Leonys Martin went 0 for 4 at the plate, but contributed defensively. He had two outfield assists, throwing out Jean Segura at third in the first inning and Carlos Gomez at third in the sixth inning. "I don't know why guys still run on him," Garza said.

* Elvis Andrus snapped an 0 for 13 drought with a RBI single in the third. He also drove in the first run of the three-run seventh. He is now 6 for his last 15 (.400) with runners in scoring position.

* A.J. Pierzynski drew a walk in the sixth inning, his first since June 29. ... The Rangers' rotation has allowed four or fewer runs in 18 consecutive games, matching the longest streak of the season. ... The Rangers' 70-51 recrod after 121 games is third-best in club history. ... The game had a 37-minute rain delay.

-- Drew Davison

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