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Athletics frozen by Cubs ace

  • Oakland Athletics' Brandon Moss, right, is congratulated by third base coach Mike Gallego (2) while running the bases after hitting a home run off Chicago Cubs' Matt Garza off in the fourth inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

OAKLAND — Matt Garza plans to pitch as well as he can for the Chicago Cubs as long as he's with the team. That's how he's dealing with all this trade talk.

Garza pitched eight sharp innings for his third consecutive win, leading the Cubs to a 3-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night.

"For the past six or seven years my name always comes up," he said. "Until my phone rings, I'm going to be a Cub. I'm just worried about the next five days."

Garza (4-1) allowed one run and four hits, struck out five and walked three in his fourth consecutive quality start. The right-hander is 3-0 with a sparkling 0.90 ERA since yielding a season-high nine runs to the Cincinnati Reds on June 11.

"That's as good as I've seen him in two years," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "That's with seven lefties in the lineup. His command of the fastball down and away, he didn't need to throw many breaking balls. He had extra velocity when he needed it and threw first pitch strikes."


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