Matchup: Matt Garza vs. Jeremy Guthrie

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Rangers try to even their three-game series with the Kansas City Royals when right-hander Matt Garza faces off against Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie at 6:10 p.m. Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium. The game is on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540 AM.

Garza (9-6, 4.06 ERA): Garza has lost four straight decisions, the latest a 6-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Monday … He goes for his 10th win for the fifth time this season … His four straight losing decisions is a career high … Garza has failed to complete five innings in consecutive starts for the the third time in his career, with the other two times also coming in September … Garza is 2-5 with a 5.72 ERA since Aug. 3 … That's the fourth-highest ERA in the American League in that span … The Rangers are 6-5 in his starts … Run support hasn't been Garza's best friend, as he's had two runs or fewer scored for him in eight of 11 starts … He is 1-5 with a 3.83 ERA for eight career starts against the Royals,but hasn't faced them since 2010 … Garza is 0-2 with a 4.18 ERA at Kauffman Stadium.

Guthrie (14-11, 4.08): Guthrie is 1-1 with a 4.05 ERA in September … He has a career losing record of 69-88 and a 4.25 ERA … Guthrie lost his last start, allowing 13 hits, two home runs and three runs in eight innings of a 3-2 loss to Detroit … Opponents are batting .289 against him … He is 9-4 with a 4.37 ERA at home … Guthrie is 4-3 with a 3.77 ERA for his career against the Rangers.

Hitters: A.J. Pierzynski (13-for-36, 1 HR, 4 RBIs) and Ian Kinsler (10-for-29, 2 2B, RBI) have had success against Guthrie. Alex Rios has two homers against him. Billy Butler is 8-for-20 with an RBI against Garza.