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April 10, 2013

Derek Holland provides strong start, but Rangers' bats fall silent in 2-0 loss to Rays

ARLINGTON – Derek Holland allowed two runs over eight innings, a pretty impressive pitching line. But he still ended up as the losing pitcher.

Rays starter Matt Moore allowed one hit over 5 1/3 scoreless innings, and four relievers completed a 2-0 shutout of the Texas Rangers on Wednesday afternoon.

Holland was the hard-luck loser, and has yet to win this season despite two strong starts.

The Rangers’ offense had their chances throughout the game. Moore walked batters the first three innings, but the Rangers couldn’t capitalize.

The fifth, sixth and eighth innings were their best opportunities, as they had two runners on with one out in each of them.

Craig Gentry had the Rangers’ first hit of the game with a one-out single in the fifth and Ian Kinsler followed with a walk. But Moore got out of the jam by inducing an inning-ending double-play by Elvis Andrus.

In the sixth, Moore issued a one-out walk to Nelson Cruz. Rays manager Joe Maddon turned to lefty Cesar Ramos after that for the lefty-lefty matchup against David Murphy.

Murphy won that battle by singling to left and Jeff Baker drew a four-pitch walk to load the bases with one out. But that inning ended when Mitch Moreland bounced into a double-play that featured runners’ interference by Baker, who slid well away from second base.

Adrian Beltre started the eighth with a single and Murphy had a one-out double to put runners on second and third. Leonys Martin pinch-hit for Baker, and flied out to right field.

Beltre tried to score on the play, but was gunned down at home by Rays outfielder Ben Zobrist to end the inning.

Rays closer Fernando Rodney worked around a leadoff single to close it out.

The game was delayed 1 hour, 29 minutes because of rain, and the temperature at first pitch was 39 degrees. It was the second-coldest first-pitch temperature in The Ballpark’s history, just one-degree warmer than the 38-degree day on April 7, 2007.

-- Drew Davison


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