NEW YORK (AP) — 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.
Holland began the game at 0-5 with an 8.85 ERA against the Yankees in regular-season play. He had shown a glimmer of success, however, going 1-0 and throwing 5 2-3 shutout innings against them in the 2010 AL championship series.
A leadoff single by Ichiro Suzuki in the first and a two-out single by Austin Romine in the third were the only hits off Holland.
The Yankees hit a few flyballs that were caught on the warning track, and left fielder David Murphy contributed a sliding grab. Backup catcher Geovany Soto helped, too, throwing out Robinson Cano at second base after Cano drew a leadoff walk in the seventh and tried to advance on a ball in the dirt.