Extra Bases: Holland keeps rotation on roll

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Derek Holland set the tone for the Rangers' final seven games of the season with a complete game shutout of the Houston Astros on Monday night. And there was Alex Rios' cycle, too.

But as Holland was quick to point out after the 12-0 victory, he's not the first Rangers starting pitcher to throw well in the last week.

Matt Garza. Yu Darvish. Alexi Ogando. Martin Perez. All of them have made an impact in the last week.

"It hasn't been me," Holland said. "Garza, Darvish, Ogando, Perez. We're all clicking together at the same time. We've definitely turned a corner."

At this crucial point in the season, with the Rangers trailing Cleveland by a game for the final wild-card spot in the American League, the rotation has been lights out. Ranger starters are 4-0 with a 1.38 ERA in the last seven games.

If they can keep that up, the Rangers will be back in the postseason, at worst in the wild-card play-in game.

Holland allowed six hits for the seventh shutout of his career. It's the most shutouts by a left-handed pitcher in club history, breaking a tie with Kenny Rogers. Holland is the first Texas pitcher to throw a shutout at Rangers Ballpark since he did it in 2011.

Holland won his 10th game, joining Darvish and Garza in double figures this season. Holland has 22 quality starts, most on the team.

"Being consistent," Holland said. "That's what I needed to be. I've done a good job."

Next up in the rotation is Darvish, who has come within an out of a perfect game and five outs from a no-hitter this season against the Astros.

Time to pass the baton and get another quality start.