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Holland, Rangers tame Yankees, finish strong trip

Published June 27, 2013 1:47 pm

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New York • Derek Holland tamed a team that often tagged him, pitching a two-hitter as the Texas Rangers finished up an impressive road trip by beating the New York Yankees 2-0 Thursday.

Jurickson Profar homered and scored twice, while fellow rookie Engel Beltre got two hits in his first big league start. Texas went home leading the AL West after going 5-1 on its swing to St. Louis and Yankee Stadium.

Holland (6-4) threw his sixth career shutout — it was the lowest-hit shutout by a visiting Rangers pitcher against the Yankees since the Texas franchise moved from Washington for the 1972 season.

Holland did more than give the bullpen a break. He also spared the Rangers a possible inconvenient return to the Bronx — a huge rainstorm was due later in the afternoon, and Texas isn't scheduled to play in New York again this season.

The 26-year-old lefty struck out struck seven, walked two and didn't permit a runner after the third inning. He was in complete command in a 92-pitch performance, throwing a sharp slider for strikes, and won for the first time in five starts.