Matt Garza (10-6) picked up his first victory in six starts as the Texas Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals, 3-1.
It improved the Rangers record in September games to 5-14 and kept Texas a half-game behind Cleveland for the second AL wild-card berth.
The Royals are now 3.5 games behind the Tribe and were mathematically eliminated from winning the division title.
First place finishes in Royals history
|1||1976||AL West||90||72||.556||1st of 6||Lost ALCS (3-2)||Whitey Herzog (90-72)|
|2||1977||AL West||102||60||.630||1st of 7||Lost ALCS (3-2)||Whitey Herzog (102-60)|
|3||1978||AL West||92||70||.568||1st of 7||Lost ALCS (3-1)||Whitey Herzog (92-70)|
|4||1980||AL West||97||65||.599||1st of 7||Lost WS (4-2)||Jim Frey (97-65)|
|5||1984||AL West||84||78||.519||1st of 7||Lost ALCS (3-0)||Dick Howser (84-78)|
|6||1985||AL West||91||71||.562||1st of 7||Won WS (4-3)||Dick Howser (91-71)|