Holland, Rangers shut down Mariners
Derek Holland was perfect through five innings and finished with a five-hitter as the visiting Texas Rangers rolled 5-0 over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night for their season-high eighth straight victory.
It was Holland’s fourth career complete game — all shutouts — his third this season and second straight. He went the route in his previous outing July 7 against Oakland, a 6-0 decision.
Holland (8-4), who matched his career high for wins, retired the first 15 batters until walking Franklin Gutierrez on a 3-2 pitch to open the sixth. He then lost his no-hitter when the next batter, Chone Figgins slashed a single to right.
Mike Napoli, Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz each homered for Texas.
Jason Vargas (6-7) went six innings for Seattle, allowing five runs, a season-high 12 hits.
Holland threw just 54 pitches in the first five innings and the closest the Mariners came to a hit was Ichiro Suzuki’s slow-hit bouncer to second baseman Ian Kinsler in the fourth. Kinsler raced to his left and had time only to slap the ball with his glove to first baseman Mike Napoli to beat Suzuki by a half step.
Miguel Olivo had two of the Mariners four hits.
The Mariners have lost five straight to fall 81/2 games behind the AL West-leading Rangers.
Hamilton got it started in the first, hitting a 2-2 pitch into the right-field seats for his 12th home run. Since May 23 when he came off the disabled list, Hamilton has a major league-leading 43 RBI.
Cruz hit a 1-0 pitch over the right-field wall in the second for his 21st home run. Right fielder Suzuki appeared to have a chance of catching it, but hit his back on the wall to curtail his jump.
Cruz also came off the DL May 23 and has the second-most RBI (38) in the majors since then.
Michael Young knocked in his 60th run in the third, a two-out single to right scoring Elvis Andrus from second.
Napoli connected on his 13th home run, hitting a 1-0 pitch into the right-center bleachers in the fifth. Napoli has nine hits in his 23 at-bats (.391) since coming off the DL July 4.
Andrus added an RBI single later in the inning.
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