The Texas Rangers play the Oakland Athletics in the second game of a three-game set Tuesday night against the with left-hander Derek Holland facing veteran A's right-hander Bartolo Colon. First pitch at O.co Coliseum is 9:05 p.m. CT on FSSW and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM (1540 AM in Spanish).
Holland (3-2, 2.54): In his last start at the Milwaukee Brewers, Holland allowed 10 hits but only one run over seven innings and earned the win. He struck out six and walked none. The last Rangers pitcher to allow 10 or more hits and one or no runs was Robinson Tejeda on Sept. 26, 2006. ... Holland has won two straight decisions and three out of his past four, with wins over Milwaukee, the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs. ... In five of his seven starts, Holland has worked at least seven innings while allowing two or fewer runs. ... This will be Holland's fifth start on the road in six appearances. He went 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA in those previous four road starts. ... Holland is 4-2 with a 2.64 ERA in 12 career games against the A's, including eight starts. Last season he went 1-1 against the A's with a 5.73 ERA in three appearances, including two starts. ... In his last start at Oakland on June 5, 2012, he allowed seven hits and three earned runs over 5⅓ innings.
Colon (3-2, 4.57): After starting the season 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA, Colon is 0-2 with an 8.22 ERA over his past three starts. ... Colon walked only one batter over his first seven starts, a span of 41⅓ innings. He is averaging just 0.22 walks per nine innings, the fewest in the majors. ... Colon averages just 14.3 pitches per inning. ... He took the loss Thursday at the Cleveland Indians, allowing eight hits and four runs over four innings. ... Colon is 18-7 with a 3.66 ERA in 29 career starts against Texas. The 18 wins are his most against any team. Only three pitchers in baseball history -- none of them still active -- have more wins against the Rangers; Bert Blyleven, Dennis Leonard and Jack Morris all have 19.
Hitters: A's outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has two hits in six at-bats against Holland, and both of them were solo home runs. Third baseman Josh Donaldson is 2-for-5 with a solo home run off Holland, and reserve outfielder Michael Taylor is 1-for-1 with a solo shot. ... Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has a career .316 average against Colon, going 18-for-57 with six doubles, five home runs and 14 RBIs. Left fielder David Murphy is 3-for-9 with a home run against Colon. Right fielder Nelson Cruz (1-for-10) and second baseman Ian Kinsler (2-for-14) have struggled against Colon.