(Sports Network) - Derek Holland takes his sixth crack at win No. 10 on
Saturday when the Texas Rangers continue a three-game series with the Los
Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium.
Holland, who is trying to become the first pitcher to record double-digit wins
for the Rangers in three consecutive seasons since Rick Helling did so from
1998-2001, was banged around a bit in a loss to Oakland on Monday, as he
allowed four runs (3 earned) and walked five batters in just 4 2/3 innings. He
is 9-7 on the year with a 3.07 ERA.
"It was just a terrible performance ... flat out," said Holland, who is 1-3
with a 3.05 ERA in nine starts since the All-Star break. "Five walks is not
acceptable. There's no reason for that. I didn't execute my pitches. I fell
behind and walked people. You can't defend walks. It was all-around terrible.
Today was on me."
Holland has made 16 starts and three relief appearances against the Angels and
is 7-5 with a 5.61 ERA.
Los Angeles, meanwhile, will counter with right-hander Garrett Richards, who
is 5-6 with a 4.06 ERA. Richards beat the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday, but like
Holland, struggled with his command, as he walked seven batters in five
innings. He only allowed a run and two hits and lowered his ERA to 3.21 since
rejoining the rotation on July 27.
"You can give Garrett an A for effort, he hung in there," Angels manager Mike
Scioscia said. "Never really got command of counts. His ball-strike ratio was
very poor and his first-pitch-strike ratio was bad. Couldn't really get his
secondary pitches into the game, but when it's all said and done, it's a win
Texas fell out of first place in the American League West on Friday, as Mark
Trumbo's three-run homer capped a five-run fourth and sent the Angels in front
for good, lifting them to a 6-5 victory.
Ernesto Frieri gave up a run in the ninth, but was able to keep the lead
intact and recorded his 31st save of the season, preserving the win for C.J.
Wilson (15-6) won his sixth straight decision despite allowing four runs on
seven hits and three walks over 6 2/3 innings. Mike Trout had three hits with
an RBI and Erick Aybar scored twice for the Angels, who have won seven of
their last nine.
Texas, meanwhile, has dropped five of seven and fell one-half game back of the
Oakland A's in the division.
Matt Garza (3-3) was torched for six runs -- five earned -- on nine hits over
seven innings of work. Elvis Andrus and Alex Rios both homered and drove in a
pair of runs in the setback.
"I threw a lot of strikes and got ahead of most hitters, I made one bad
pitch," said Garza. "I left one over the plate and Trumbo knew what to do with
Texas had won seven in a row from the Angels before Friday's loss and is still
10-3 this season against the Halos.
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