Garcia is 6-0 with a 2.82 ERA over his last seven road starts. He kept his streak alive despite allowing five runs and a season-high 12 hits over six innings in a 14-6 win at Kansas City on Monday.
“Freddy was real rusty,” Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. “I don’t think he was sharp. He worked behind a lot of hitters. It’s most important that we win the game, but it’s not the Freddy we’ve seen the last four or five outings.”
The 29-year-old right-hander is 7-1 with a 3.61 ERA over his last 13 outings overall. Garcia fell to 3-6 with a 4.37 ERA in nine career starts against Baltimore after surrendering a season-high seven runs and 10 hits over six innings in a 9-6 loss to the Orioles on May 14.
“We’re a scrappy team,” Guillen said. “The home runs, that’s a plus. The one thing with the home runs is when you have people on base, we can make a lot of things happen.”
It’s been a strong series for rookie second baseman Tadahito Iguchi, who has three hits in each of the first two games. Iguchi is batting .370 (10-for-27) in six games against the Orioles this season.
Baltimore has dropped 12 of 14 games. The Orioles have slipped six games behind AL wild card leader Oakland, but manager Lee Mazzilli still believes his club is in contention.
“Absolutely, no question,” he said. “What are we going to do, fold the tent up? You can’t do that. I’m not going to let that happen. You’ve got 60 games left, and you’ve got to make the most of it.”
“It’s a good team that’s got some of the, obviously, best players in baseball,” Byrnes said. “It’s great to have an opportunity to play for something this time of year.”