OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Texas Rangers play the second game of their three-game series against Oakland on Saturday afternoon, with right-hander Matt Garza facing A's right-hander Jarrod Parker. First pitch at the O.co Coliseum is 3:05 p.m. on FSSW, ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and ESPN Deportes 1540 AM.
Garza (7-1, 2.95): Garza will make his third start since coming to the Rangers from the Cubs in a trade on July 22. After going 6-1 with a 3.17 ERA in 11 starts with the Cubs, Garza is 1-0 with a 1.88 ERA in two starts with the Rangers. He's 2-3 with a 2.70 ERA in six games, including five starts, in his career against Oakland. ... At the O.co Coliseum, Garza is 2-1 with a 2.53 ERA in three starts. He earned the win on July 3 at Oakland, outdueling A's right-hander Bartolo Colon in a 3-1 Cubs victory. Garza gave up one run on four hits over eight innings. ... Garza had a no-decision in his last start, allowing three runs on five hits over seven innings in a 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. He struck out five and walked none.
Parker (6-6, 4.07): Parker owns a four-game winning streak, but he has had a no-decision in each of his past six starts, matching the longest such streak by an Athletics pitcher since at least 1916. ... Parker has allowed five or fewer hits in each of his past 11 starts. ... Over his past 14 starts, Parker is 5-1 with a 2.85 ERA. ... Parker is 4-1 with a 2.91 ERA in five career starts against the Rangers. Parker has more career wins against the Rangers than versus any other team. ... In his last start, Parker walked a career-high seven batters in a 10-6 A's win over the Angels. He allowed six runs on five hits and lasted only five innings.
Hitters: A's first baseman Brandon Moss is batting .500 with one home run against Garza, going 3-for-6. Right fielder Josh Reddick is batting .300 (3-for-10) with one homer against him. ... Ten current players on the A's roster have faced Garza, and they're batting a combined .202 (18-for-89). ... SS Elvis Andrus is batting .375 with a double against Parker, going 3-for-8. CF Leonys Martin is batting .333 vs. Parker with two hits in six at-bats. ... 3B Adrian Beltre and LF David Murphy are the only Rangers who have homered off Parker, with one apiece. But Beltre is batting .200 (3-for-15) against him and Murphy .143 (2-for-14).