ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers open a three-game series in St. Louis as left-hander Derek Holland goes up against Cardinals left-hander Tyler Lyons at 7:15 p.m. on Ch. 21, ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and ESPN Deportes Dallas 1540 AM.
Holland (5-4, 3.30): Holland has lost consecutive games for the first time since April. ... He hasn't lost three straight games as a starter since May 2010. ... Holland allowed four runs in six innings in a 7-2 loss to Toronto on Sunday. ... He allowed two home runs, including a long ball to a left-handed hitter (Colby Rasmus) for the first time since May 30, 2012. ... Holland has allowed two runs in the first two innings of his 14 starts. ... Holland has allowed eight-plus hits in four straight starts, the first time that has happened to a Texas pitcher since Scott Feldman did it for five straight starts in 2010. ... His control has been outstanding, not walking anyone in nine of his 14 starts. ... Holland was 1-0 with an 0.87 ERA in two starts against the Cardinals in the 2011 World Series ... He is 2-0 with an 0.64 ERA in two starts against National League teams this season.
Lyons (2-3, 4.65): Lyons has lost his last three starts after his winning his first two ... He took the loss in Miami on Sunday, allowing six runs in 5 1/3 innings. ... Lyons began his Cardinals career with a bang, becoming the first pitcher in major league history to seven-plus innings, allowing four hits or less and one walk or less in his first two career starts. ... Lyons has allowed at least four earned runs or more in his last three starts. ... He hasn't pitched more than 6 1/3 innings in any of those starts. ... The Oklahoma State product throws a fastball and changeup, but his best pitch is his curve ball.
Hitters: Lyons has never faced the Rangers. Ty Wigginton is 2-for-4 with a home run against Holland in the regular season.