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TOR@TEX: Holland fans nine over 7 1/3 strong frames

After being shut out for the third time in four games, the Athletics scored a season-high 12 runs and held the Rangers hitless for seven innings on Monday.

The last time the Rangers were defeated by more than the 11 runs they lost by in Monday's 12-1 series-opening loss was less than a week ago. The Mariners handed the Rangers a season-worst 21-8 loss Wednesday, scoring eight runs in both the second and third innings. Derek Holland, who was responsible for every run in that eight-run second inning, makes his first start since that defeat Tuesday against the Athletics.

"It's over. I'm not going to sit and dwell on the last start," Holland said. "It's time to get ready for the next one. It's just one really bad game, but I've got myself prepared. I'm ready to go for this next one, move past that and not worry about what happened before."

Holland and Yoshinori Tateyama, who allowed all eight runs in the third inning of Wednesday's loss, became the first duo in Rangers history to give up at least eight runs in consecutive innings. Scott Feldman, like Holland last week, lasted just 1 2/3 innings and gave up eight runs, falling to 0-4 on the year as he has not made it through five innings in any of his five starts this season.

"I believe Derek is going to bounce back. He has to bounce back," said Rangers manager Ron Washington. "If he goes out there and has another one and two-thirds of an inning, I think I might have to pull my belt off and throw him across my lap and spank him. My belt is loose around my waist."

The last time Holland turned in a poor performance, when he gave up a 4-0 lead and three home runs in a 6-5 loss to Houston on May 19, he followed it with a solid start. Holland held the Blue Jays to two runs on five hits over 7 1/3 innings in a 14-3 win May 25 while striking out nine and walking just one. He'll be looking to bounce back in a similar way Tuesday.

"It's time to worry about what's up ahead, and that's take on the Athletics," Holland said. "I just got to control my emotions. I really let that kind of get away from me in the last game but, at the same time, I just got to get out there and execute my pitches, execute a little bit better than I did. That's what hurt me the last game."

The Athletics will turn to Travis Blackley against the Rangers, who are 13-4 in their last 17 games against the A's. Blackley made his first start with the A's in a 5-4 loss to the Twins on May 28, giving up one run on three hits over five innings and getting a no-decision. The A's and Rangers split their two meetings prior to this series.

"We've got them at home and that's always the goal, to take the series," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "But we do need to play it day to day ... I think if you get too far ahead of yourself with a team like that, 'Let's try to look two or three games ahead of ourselves,' it's probably not appropriate for us right now."

Blackley will be looking for his second Major League win, with the first coming nearly seven years ago. His only other big league victory came against the Rangers July 1, 2004, while Blackley played for a Mariners team managed by Melvin.

Rangers: Andrus heating up
• After batting .235 in his first 17 games, Elvis Andrus has batted .352 in his last 36. Over that stretch, Andrus is batting .352 with 12 doubles, 19 RBIs, 26 runs, 19 walks and 18 strikeouts. Since April 25, his .345 batting average and .407 on-base percentage are second in the American League only to Paul Konerko while his 26 runs are tied for third in the AL behind Jason Kipnis and David Ortiz.

• Center fielder Craig Gentry became the fourth position player in team history to take the mound for the Rangers. Gentry pitched the ninth inning of Monday's 12-1 loss, allowing two runs on three hits and walking one batter. He threw 20 pitches, 10 of which were strikes.

A's: Bats bounce back in big way
• Before Monday's 12-1 win over the Rangers, the A's were struggling offensively. They had scored just 47 runs and batted .188 in their previous 20 games before scoring 12 on runs on 15 hits, including six extra-base hits (three doubles, one triple, two home runs). The A's .213 batting average and .336 slugging percentage are both the worst in the Major Leagues while the A's are last in the AL in runs (173) and on-base percentage (.346). The Rangers lead the Major Leagues in all four of those categories.

Worth noting
• Double-A Frisco infielder Jurickson Profar was named the Texas League Player of the Month for May. Profar hit .322 with nine doubles, two triples, three home runs, 14 RBIs and 21 runs scored in the month. He also had a 29-game hitting streak and reached base in 50 straight games.

• Frisco infielder Mike Olt was the Texas League Player of the Week after recording 12 hits in 23 at-bats, including six home runs, 11 RBIs and 10 runs scored. Olt leads the Texas League with 17 home runs.

• The Rangers have released reliever Sean Green from Triple-A Round Rock and reinstated infielder Greg Miclat from the disabled list. Comments