ARLINGTON -- Texas Rangers left-hander Derek Holland, who raised questions about his rotation status following a dreadful start last weekend, calmed all those fears Thursday night.
Holland tossed his second shutout in just over a month as the Rangers ran their winning streak to four games with a 6-0 victory over Oakland.
Holland (7-4) didn't make it out of the first inning Saturday but allowed just four hits and struck out seven A's Thursday.
"He was outstanding," said Rangers manager Ron Washington.
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"He came out and pounded the strike zone from the very first pitch and never looked back. He stayed focused. It was a very, very good outing for Derek."
Washington was the only member of the club to speak to the media after a fan died from a fall during the second inning.
Washington said he didn't lose confidence in Holland after his last start, and Holland backed that faith with a dazzling showing in a game that was added to the schedule after a May rainout.
Holland gained confidence early as he worked around a walk in the first and struck out the side. He allowed an infield single in the third inning and a single to left in the fifth. After the single in the fifth, he retired the next 10 batters without a ball getting out of the infield.
Oakland loaded the bases against Holland in the ninth, but he got a fly ball from Conor Jackson to end the game on his 119th pitch for his third career shutout.
Texas gave Holland the only run he would need on a first-inning groundout from Josh Hamilton. Hamilton added an RBI single in the third on his way to a four-RBI night that included a pair of sacrifice flies.
The Rangers scored five runs off Rich Harden in his five innings. Michael Young hit a solo homer in the fifth.
Texas finished with 10 hits, which gave them five consecutive games with at least 10.