Holland gives Rangers another quality start

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Derek Holland has made two starts and has two no-decisions. He's deserved a much better fate.

The wins will come. Holland has pitched beautifully to begin the season, allowing only two runs for the second straight start in a 2-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday afternoon.

Holland went seven innings against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, kept his team in the game, and the Rangers rallied for a 3-2 victory. He went eight innings Wednesday, again leaving the Rangers within striking distance, but this time the offense left 10 runners on base.

"He did his job," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "Tampa's team did a better job."

Holland was wild for a brief moment, walking the bases loaded in the third inning. But he minimized the damage and allowed only one run in the inning. The Rays manufactured another run in the top of the fifth after a leadoff double by Desmond Jennings.

"I'm out there doing everything I can," Holland said. "You've got to tip your hat. They pitched well. I went out there and battled. I'm not going to sit here and beat myself up about it."

Holland had an effective fastball, especially to the inside part of the plate. He allowed five hits and his only walks came in the third inning. He had four strikeouts.

"I felt like I had better command of my fastball," Holland said. "I got a little erratic."