The veteran right-hander will try to win his fourth straight decision when the White Sox, the majors’ top team, wrap up their three-game interleague series with the NL West-leading San Diego Padres.
Garcia, who went 9-4 with a 4.46 ERA in 16 starts for Chicago last year after coming over in a trade with Seattle, is 3-0 over his last four outings, allowing three runs or fewer in each contest.
He allowed three runs and two hits over eight innings in Monday’s 9-3 win at Colorado. Garcia didn’t issue a walk for the second time in three starts, and finished a season season-high 10 strikeouts. Garcia did succumb to the hitter-friendly environs at Coors Field in the opening inning, yielding a three-run homer. However, he settled down to retire 22 straight thereafter.
“My game plan was keep the ball down and throw a lot of sinkers and changeups and that worked,” Garcia said. “I just threw strikes.”
Garcia’s recent success has been lost in the shuffle as Chicago boasts one of the top rotations in the majors. Garland became the majors’ second 10-game winner Friday and both Hernandez and Buehrle are 7-1.
“When Freddy throws strikes he doesn’t get himself in trouble,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. “When he keeps hitters off balance he is going to be effective.”
Chicago took Friday’s series opener 4-2 but suffered a tough 2-1 loss Saturday.
Trailing 1-0 entering the bottom of the ninth, the Padres got a tying homer from Ramon Hernandez and a bases-loaded single from Damian Jackson to pull out their second win in three games following a four-game losing streak.
Tadahito Iguchi drove in the lone run for Chicago, which had its four-game winning streak snapped.