BY: Richard W. Humphrey
The standings atop the American League Wild Card race remained the same as the top three teams all won Saturday. Tampa Bay beat Baltimore 5-1 to stay in first place, one-half game ahead of Cleveland, who beat Houston 4-1. Texas beat Kansas City to stay in third place one-half game behind the Tribe.
Among the other three Wild Card contenders, Baltimore and Kansas City lost to Tampa Bay and Texas to fall 3.5 games off the pace and behind the Yankees, who shut out the Giants 6-0 to pull within three games of the second Wild Card berth.
In the West, Oakland routed the Twins 9-1 to clinch a tie for the championship. An Athletics’ win or Rangers’ loss clinches the division championship for Oakkand
Saturday night, Matt Garza was the Garza the Rangers thought they were getting when they made the trade with the Cubs. He completed eight shutout innings before surrendering a home run to the leadoff batter in the ninth inning. That ended his night. He won his fourth game as a Ranger and 10th of the year. Joe Nathan finished the game for his 40th save.
Offensively, Adrian Beltre had two hits and an RBI. A. J. Pierzynski and Elvis Andrus drove in the other two runs. Craig Gentry also chipped in with three hits.
The series concludes Sunday afternoon with Alexi Ogando (7-4) starting for Texas against KC’s James Shields (12-9).
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