Rangers 4, Indians 0
Derek Holland called it the biggest moment of his career.
The left-hander tossed a five-hitter for his second career
shutout and the Texas Rangers beat the Cleveland Indians 4-0 on
Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz each hit a two-run homer as Texas
won for the seventh time in eight games to improve to 15-8 since
May 10. The Rangers have won 15 of the last 18 meetings against the
Indians and 10 of 11 at Progressive Field.
The win carried special significance for Holland, a native of
Newark, Ohio. Several family members and friends made the 2
1/2-hour car trip to Cleveland and he rewarded them with a gem.
”I left 10 tickets, but there were a lot of people here,”
Holland said. ”My whole family was here. When I was doing my
(television) interview after the game, I saw my teachers, some
friends from church and a lot of other people. It’s definitely a
good feeling to throw in front of them, and to throw a shutout is
The large group was sitting behind the Rangers’ dugout and was
cheering for Holland throughout the game.
”I’m in the zone when I’m out there,” he said. ”I didn’t hear
them until after the game. They were all screaming. It was a really
Holland (5-1) struck out five, walked one and hit a batter in
his first shutout since he threw a three-hitter in Texas’ 7-0
victory at the Los Angeles Angels on Aug. 9, 2009, during his
Holland and his fans were planning to celebrate after he left
”I’ve got 56 text messages to go through and it’s still
climbing,” he said.
Cleveland’s offense continued to struggle. Right fielder
Shin-Soo Choo, who has been in a season-long slump and is hitting
.246, got the night off.
”Their kid was very good,” Indians manager Manny Acta said.
”Holland threw the ball very well. A lefty in the mid-90s with a
very good mix of pitches, and (he) just flat-out shut us
Following Grady Sizemore’s single in the second, Holland retired
12 batters in a row before walking Adam Everett with one out in the
sixth. Michael Brantley followed with a single and an error by
normally surehanded third baseman Adrian Beltre loaded the bases
with two outs. Carlos Santana grounded out to Beltre on a 3-2 pitch
to end the inning.
”I went right after him,” Holland said. ”I threw a changeup.
I felt like he was sitting on a fastball. I’ve been having problems
with big innings. That was a maturing moment.”
”He picked Beltre up big-time,” Texas manager Ron Washington
said. ”That could have saved the game.”
Hamilton and Cruz connected against Fausto Carmona (3-7), who
hasn’t won since May 3 and is 0-4 in his last six starts. Hamilton
went deep in the first, hitting a drive into the second deck in
right field that traveled an estimated 445 feet. Cruz’s drive came
in the seventh, when he sent a 1-2 pitch an estimated 440 feet to
the bleachers in left field.
Hamilton and Cruz also homered in Texas’ 11-2 win Friday night,
and the AL West-leading Rangers are 18-5 with both players in the
lineup. The tandem has missed time with injuries.
After Elvis Andrus’ one-out single, Hamilton, starting in center
for the first time since coming off the DL on May 23, went deep on
Carmona’s first pitch. It was the third homer of the season for the
reigning AL MVP, who has played in only 23 of Texas’ 58 games.
”He usually starts away from me, but he left the first one
up,” Hamilton said.
Beltre was hit by a pitch to start the seventh and scored when
Cruz hit his 12th homer. It was his third career homer in 13
at-bats against Carmona.
”I always knew their value,” Washington said. ”I’m just happy
to have them back.”
Indians reliever Vinnie Pestano threw his warmup pitches on the
mound before the ninth inning, but was removed with lower back
NOTES: Rangers LHP Matt Harrison was diagnosed with a kidney
stone and remained at the team hotel. He was scratched from
Thursday’s start because of a blister, but is expected to pitch
Tuesday in Detroit. … Hamilton lost control of his bat swinging
at a pitch in the sixth inning. The bat flew over first base and
landed about halfway down the right-field line. … Acta said Choo
would play Sunday. … Indians 3B Jack Hannahan was out of the
lineup for the second straight game because of a strained left