Royals fall to Rangers

Texas Rangers' Elvis Andrus (1) looks back at Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (13) after scoring off a Adrian Beltre single in the  third inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)
Texas Rangers' Elvis Andrus (1) looks back at Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (13) after scoring off a Adrian Beltre single in the third inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Matt Garza pitched eight impressive innings for his first victory in six starts and the Texas Rangers kept close in the playoff race, beating the Kansas City Royals 3-1 on Saturday night.

The Rangers won for only the fifth time in 19 September games. They remained a half-game behind Cleveland for the second AL wild-card berth.

The Royals, out of the playoffs since winning the 1985 World Series, dropped 3½ games in back of the Indians.

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