NEW YORK -- Derek Holland finally conquered New York.
Holland defeated the Yankees for the first time in the regular season as he threw a complete-game shutout in the Rangers' 2-0 win over the Yankees on Thursday at Yankee Stadium. Holland held the punchless Yankees lineup to just two hits, and the Rangers needed an effort like that after collecting just six hits of their own.
First-time winner: Holland entered the game 0-5 with an 8.85 ERA in his career against the Yankees and 0-3 with an 8.06 ERA at Yankee Stadium. He did own a postseason victory over the Yankees, picking up the win in relief in 2010, but otherwise he's been terrible against the Bronx Bombers. These Yankees, though, resemble anything but Bronx Bombers and Holland made easy work of them. He yielded just two hits, coming in the first and third, and improved to 6-4.
Profar homers: Starting for the first time in a week, Jurickson Profar went 1-for-2 with a home run and a walk. His homer in the fifth put Texas ahead 2-0. The Rangers are teaching Profar how to play the outfield in hopes of utilizing his bat in the lineup as much as possible, but he isn't quite ready yet. Until then, they have to choose their spots. When Profar plays like he did Thursday, it makes it that much more difficult for the Rangers to keep him on the bench.
Odd out: David Murphy had an odd play at second base in the third inning that resulted in an out. With Profar batting and the count full, Profar checked his swing as Murphy took off for second. The throw beat Murphy to the bag, so after being tagged, Murphy veered off the bag believing Profar had struck out. Profar, however, had successfully checked his swing, meaning he'd walked, and Murphy was awarded second base because of the force. Murphy, a few feet from the bag, then was tagged by Jayson Nix for the out. Ron Washington came out briefly to chat but there wasn't much to argue. Texas did score that frame to go up 1-0.
First hit: Engel Beltre made his first career start Thursday and singled in his first career at-bat. He went 2-for-3 with two singles. Beltre, who played high school ball in the Bronx, grew up a Yankees fan and said he had 10-15 family members in attendance. He debuted Wednesday night as a pinch runner.