ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Derek Holland took a step towards consistency, throwing three consecutive quality starts for the first time in his career.
But his outing wasn’t enough to carry the Rangers to a victory. Instead, the Tampa Bay Rays went on to a walk-off victory when Desmond Jennings belted the first pitch he saw from Mark Lowe into the left-field seats in the 10th inning, giving them a 5-4 victory.
The Rangers had rallied from a 3-0 deficit with a pair of home runs by Ian Kinsler, including a solo shot to tie it in the ninth. Mike Napoli had a solo shot in the eighth, as well.
That, however, wasn't enough for the Rangers, as they are now 1-28 when trailing after the seventh inning on the road.
Holland went 6 2/3 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits with three walks and nine strikeouts.
-- Drew Davison