Derek Holland helps end Rangers' slump

September, 8, 2010
9/08/10
9:29
PM CT
Derek Holland did what no other starting pitcher could do for the Rangers this year.

He beat the Blue Jays.

Holland threw five scoreless innings Wednesday as the Rangers snapped a five-game losing streak with an 8-1 victory in Toronto.

Holland (3-3) held down the powerful Blue Jays on three hits with two walks and eight strikeouts. He won for the first time since May 17.

* After the Rangers rallied to beat Toronto in the season opener, the Blue Jays won the next seven matchups between the two teams. Heading into Wednesday, the Blue Jays had outscored the Rangers, 56-29, on the season.

The teams face off for the final time in 2010 on Thursday, then the Rangers head home for a weekend series against the Yankees.

* A newcomer and two players who recently came off the disabled list sparked the Rangers' offense. Jeff Francoeur, who came to the Rangers from the Mets before the waiver trade deadline, went 3-for-4 with an RBI.

Ian Kinsler, who came off the DL last week after missing more than a month, led off the game with a home run and went 2-for-5 and scored twice. Nelson Cruz homered for the first time in nine games since coming off the DL. Cruz went 3-for-5 as part of the Rangers' 16-hit attack.

* Four relievers each pitched an inning to close out the win: Matt Harrison, Darren O'Day, Darren Oliver and Neftali Feliz. O'Day gave up Toronto's only run of the night.

* Josh Hamilton, out with bruised ribs, played a light game of catch before the game. He hasn't played since running into the wall to make a catch Saturday, and there is no timetable for his return.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.12 123 158
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 18
RBIA. Beltre 73
RA. Beltre 77
OPSA. Beltre .876
ERAC. Lewis 5.12
SOY. Darvish 182