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Matchup: Matt Garza vs. Lucas Harrell

8/19/2013

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers open a three-game series against the Houston Astros with right-hander Matt Garza facing Astros right-hander Lucas Harrell at 7:05 p.m. Monday night on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540-AM.

Garza (8-2, 3.40 ERA): Garza makes his sixth start for the Rangers since being acquired from the Chicago Cubs … He is 2-1 with a 3.97 ERA for the Rangers … Texas is 4-1 in his starts … Garza took a no-decision in his last start, a game the Rangers eventually won against Milwaukee 5-4 … He allowed four runs on 5⅔ innings … It ended a streak of four consecutive starts for the Rangers in which Garza went at least seven innings … Garza has allowed two home runs in each of his past two starts … He beat the Astros on Aug. 9, allowing four earned runs in a 9-5 victory … Garza has allowed four earned runs in each of his past three starts … He is 3-3 with a 4.05 ERA over eight career starts against Houston.

Harrell (6-13, 5.16): Harrell steps in for scheduled starter Jordan Lyles, who pitched 2⅓ innings in relief in Houston's 7-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels … Harrell started the season in the rotation but has been moved to the bullpen, even with the Astros using a six-man rotation … His last start came in Baltimore on July 30 in a spot start in which he pitched 5⅓ innings and allowed four earned runs … Harrell was removed from the rotation after a July 5 start at Texas in which he allowed seven runs in 3⅔ innings, including three home runs … He is 5-10 with a 5.12 ERA for 20 starts … Harrell has been all-or-nothing as a starter … He allowed two runs or less in 11 starts … Harrell is 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA this season against the Rangers.

Hitters: Adrian Beltre (6-for-13, HR, 7 RBIs) has led an onslaught against Harrell with the current Rangers lineup posting a .953 OPS against him. Jason Castro has three hits in nine at-bats with two home runs and five RBIs against Garza.