Rangers 4, Cubs 2

Derek Holland pitched seven shutout innings, Adrian Beltre hit a

two-run home run, and Craig Gentry made a diving catch in the ninth

to end the game and preserve the Texas Rangers’ 4-2 win over the

Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night at a cold Wrigley Field.

Holland (1-1) at one point retired nine straight against the

Cubs, who have lost three straight games. The Rangers left-hander

struck out six and allowed two hits.

Beltre’s home run off Cubs reliever Shawn Camp was his second of

the year and gave the Rangers a 4-0 lead in the eighth. Chicago

starter Travis Wood (1-1) walked Ian Kinsler and was then relieved

by Camp, who allowed Elvis Andrus to single to right before

throwing a pickoff attempt away, allowing Kinsler to score and make

it 2-0.

Jeff Baker, who was with the Cubs from 2009-2012, was 2-for-4

and had an RBI double in the fourth to give Texas a 1-0 lead. The

Rangers had scored 11 runs in their previous five games.

The Cubs scored twice with two outs in the ninth. Nate

Schierholtz, pinch-hitting for Scott Hairston, doubled to left off

the glove of a sliding Baker to drive in two runs. Texas closer Joe

Nathan then hit Welington Castillo with a pitch to load the bases

and put the winning run at first, but Gentry made a diving play on

Darwin Barney’s liner for Nathan’s fifth save in five tries.

Wood gave up two runs and struck out three in 7 1-3 innings.

Once again, conditions at Wrigley Field were less than optimal.

The first-pitch temperature was 39 degrees with the wind blowing in

from right field. A light rain also came and went during the

fourth.

The weather didn’t seem to bother either starting pitcher.

Holland, who lost his previous start to Tampa Bay despite giving

up two earned runs in eight innings, was just as good Tuesday. He

didn’t allow a Cubs runner to reach third base until Alfonso

Soriano got there on a wild pitch after doubling in the fourth.

Holland also got the most run support he has all season. Before

Tuesday, he had gotten two runs of support while giving up four in

15 innings of work.

Like Holland, Wood has been plagued by poor run support. With

Wood on the mound, the Cubs had scored two runs over two

starts.

Camp’s struggles continued for the Cubs. One outing after

blowing a save Sunday against the San Francisco Giants, Camp

pitched one-third of an inning and was charged with two runs.

Tuesday’s game was also a reunion for the Rangers’ catchers.

A.J. Pierzynski, who spent eight years with the Chicago White

Sox, was greeted with loud boos before each of his at-bats. He went

0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Backup Geovany Soto, who spent parts

of six seasons with the Cubs and won the 2008 National League

Rookie of the Year award, didn’t play for Texas.

After Anthony Rizzo’s infield single with two outs in the first,

Holland retired nine straight Cubs until a Soriano’s two-out double

in the fourth. The Cubs left fielder was stranded at third when

Hairston lined out to short.

NOTES: The teams observed a moment of silence before Tuesday’s

game for Monday’s bombings of the Boston Marathon. Cubs president

of baseball operations Theo Epstein’s brother Paul finished the

race an estimated 45 minutes before the explosions. . Barney made

his season debut after coming off the 15-day disabled list, going

0-for-4. . Every player on both teams wore number 42 in honor of

Jackie Robinson. Neither team played Monday, the 66th anniversary

of Robinson breaking the MLB color barrier with the Brooklyn

Dodgers. . The expected pitching matchup Wednesday is the Rangers’

Justin Grimm against the Cubs’ Carlos Villanueva. . Rangers OF

David Murphy was given the night off by manager Ron Washington. .

Injured Cubs starter Matt Garza is expected to make a rehab

appearance for Class A Kane County on Friday.