He has not won since that outing.
Garza looks to change that while trying to help the wild card-leading Rays to a seventh straight victory over the reeling Tigers and a series sweep Wednesday at Comerica Park.
Winless in his previous six starts against Detroit, Garza (11-6, 3.88 ERA) faced the minimum 27 batters, allowing only a second-inning walk, in a 5-0 home win over the Tigers on July 26.
“It was one of those days where everything lined up,” said Garza, 1-4 with a 4.57 ERA against Detroit.
The right-hander’s last two opponents have not had that problem.
Garza allowed four runs and five hits in seven innings of a 5-4 loss to the Yankees in his first start after the no-hitter. Though he didn’t factor in the decision of that contest, Garza made a late throwing error and took the loss after he gave up two runs and four hits in eight innings of a 2-1 defeat at Toronto on Friday.
He has a chance to rebound as the Rays (69-44) look to improve to 7-0 this season against the Tigers, losers of 22 of 28 after an 8-0 defeat Tuesday. Tampa Bay has outscored Detroit 33-11 in 2010.
Jason Bartlett(notes) had three hits and Evan Longoria(notes) added two with an RBI as Tampa Bay won its second straight following a season-high five-game skid. The Rays are within one-half game of the AL East-leading Yankees.
The Detroit ace is 0-2 with a 4.09 ERA in three starts since beating Toronto on July 22. Verlander allowed four runs in seven innings of a 4-2 loss to the Angels on Friday. His other defeat during that stretch came after he gave up three runs and struck out six in eight innings of a 3-2 loss at Tampa Bay on July 27.
The right-hander is 4-1 with a 3.52 ERA in seven starts versus Tampa Bay, including 2-0 in four at home.
“We’re pressing offensively … hard to believe,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said sarcastically. “It’s more like an over-effort. We’ve just got to get some offense going.”
Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera(notes) is 0 for 6 with three strikeouts in the series, and 4 for 26 in his last nine games. He’s 3 for 18 with seven strikeouts against the Rays this season, and 1 for 9 versus Garza.