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April 23, 2012

Final: Yankees 7, Rangers 4 (Derek Holland handed first loss of season)

Derek Holland struggled with his command all night, and the New York Yankees took advantage en route to a 7-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday night at Rangers Ballpark.

The Yankees scored two runs off Holland in the first on a two-run single by Curtis Granderson.

Texas answered with a run of its own in the bottom half, and Holland settled down the next three innings. In the fifth, though, New York pulled away. Nick Swisher had a sacrifice fly followed by a three-run home run by Alex Rodriguez to put the Yankees up 6-1.

Josh Hamilton homered in the sixth to make it 6-2, his eighth blast of the season. The eight homers in 17 games are a franchise record.

Holland (2-1, 4.78 ERA) worked the sixth, giving up another run on consecutive doubles by Chris Stewart and Derek Jeter. In the end, Holland allowed seven runs on nine hits with four walks and one strikeout over six innings. It's the most runs he's allowed since the Angels scored seven off him on July 20 of last year.

The Rangers rallied in the seventh for two runs off Yankees starter CC Sabathia, as Craig Gentry had a two-run double.

Sabathia, though, worked a perfect eighth, and Mariano Rivera closed it out in the ninth.

The highlight for the Rangers were the outings turned in by relievers Mark Lowe and Koji Uehara. Lowe threw two perfect innings, while Uehara had one.

-- Drew Davison

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