ARLINGTON – Derek Holland allowed two runs in 7 1/3 innings but received little help from the Rangers’ offense in a 2-0 loss to the New York Yankees.
The game remained scoreless until the sixth, when Yankees’ third baseman Brent Lillibridge stroked an RBI double to left field that scored Austin Romine. Holland was able to recover from the hiccup though, getting Eduardo Nunez to fly out for the third out.
The Rangers had a chance to respond in the bottom frame of the inning when A.J. Pierzynski stepped up to the plate against Yankees’ starter Hiroki Kuroda with two outs and runners on the corners. But the Rangers’ catcher lined out to left field to end the inning.
To open the seventh, Yankees’ second baseman David Adams singled. Romine then hit a ground-rule double over the outstretched glove of Leonys Martin. Texas was actually able to catch a break on the play, as Romine’s ground-rule double prevented Adams from scoring from first. One batter later, Holland got Ichiro Suzuki to ground out, ending the inning and stranding Adams and Romine on the corners.
The Yankees extended their lead in the eighth to 2-0, when the Rangers failed to convert on a double play opportunity that allowed All-Star Robinson Cano to score.
Texas collected seven total hits off starter Kuroda and relievers David Robertson and Mariano Rivera.
The loss dropped the Rangers to 2-8 in their last 10 games.
-- Christian Clark