Rapid Reaction: Rangers 3, Toronto 0
No Rangers left-handed starting pitcher has ever thrown four shutouts in a season until 2011. Derek Holland pitched his fourth complete-game shutout of the season in a 3-0 Rangers win in Toronto. He gave up just four hits, walked one and struck out five.
Holland has not given up a run in 16.1 career innings pitched in Toronto. Saturday's shutout ties him with former Ranger Cliff Lee for most in the majors.
The two others in Rangers history that had three shutouts in a season were Jim Umbarger in 1976 and Paul Kilgus in 1988.
Holland entered this start with the highest run support average of any major league starter at 7.55 (a 20-6 Rangers win in his last start helps a bit). The Rangers did not score in the first inning for the second time in the last 13 starts for Holland.
* Mitch Moreland’s first career regular-season home run against a lefty occurred in the top of the second inning. It was a 2-run home run which gave him 13 home runs for the season. In Game 3 of the World Series, Moreland hit a home run against lefty Jonathan Sanchez.
* Mike Napoli hit his second home run of the series with a one-out solo poke in the 8th for a 3-0 lead. He has 15 home runs this season. In July, Napoli is 25-for-57 (.474) with five home runs. He entered this game leading the majors in batting average for the month of July.
* Ian Kinsler ended a 0-for-21 stretch with a fifth-inning single.
* Manager Ron Washington did not have Josh Hamilton, Elvis Andrus or Nelson Cruz in the starting lineup. Wash said on the radio pregame show that Hamilton and Andrus needed a day off. Hamilton did appear on defense in left field for the ninth inning. Cruz left Friday night’s game with a tight left quad. Wash kept him out for precautionary reasons on the Astroturf. He was available to pinch hit. Kinsler is expected to be given the day off on Sunday.
* Looking ahead, the Rangers will face starting right-handed pitcher Doug Fister on Wednesday when they visit Detroit. Fister was traded from Seattle on Saturday.
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