Saturday, October 15, 2011
Holland exits after allowing third home run
By Randy Jennings
ARLINGTON, Texas -- If it was the regular season, Ron Washington likely would have stuck with Derek Holland to get the final out with a five-run lead in the fifth inning so he could be in position for the win.
But a World Series berth is at stake tonight. No fooling around.
Austin Jackson’s two-run home run in the fifth had barely cleared the right-field fence before Washington was beating a path to the mound, signaling for Scott Feldman.
Holland in 4.2 innings allowed seven hits, including three home runs. But the damage was kept to a minimum because he did not issue any walks and was helped by two double play balls to short.
After adding a run in the bottom of the fifth, Texas led Detroit, 10-4.
If you're counting down outs, the Rangers need 12 more to clinch a second straight World Series appearance and Alexi Ogando is on to pitch the sixth.