CHICAGO -- Ron Washington called it a good road trip. So did Michael Young.
But it didn't end too well. Derek Holland struggled and lasted only 3 1/3 innings. The offense produced four hits, all singles. And the Rangers' 10-game road trip came to a deflating end with a 10-0 loss to the White Sox on Sunday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field.
The Rangers went 7-3 on the trip and have a four-game lead in the American League West as they open a 10-game homestand tonight against the Boston Red Sox.
"Today was not a good day, obviously," Young said. "Just one of those days where things didn't go our way."
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Especially for Holland, who continued his feast-or-famine season.
Holland made it through the first two innings without much difficulty but ran into trouble in the third. Juan Pierre led off with an infield single, and Brent Lillibridge sent a hanging curveball over the left-field wall to give the White Sox a 2-0 lead.
After retiring the next two batters, Holland issued a pair of two-out walks to Alexei Ramirez and Tyler Flowers. The next batter, Alejandro De Aza, brought them in with a double to left.
It was a 40-pitch third inning for Holland, and he retired only one batter in the fourth before leaving the game.
"Very frustrating," Holland said. "I know I'm a better pitcher than that. And to have two two-out walks that lead to runs, it really upsets me pretty well.
"I'm trying to do everything I can to show these guys I belong up here, and that was not a good case right there."
Holland said he lost his feel for his fastball in the third inning, which is something he needs in order to be successful. He suffered his first loss since he lasted only two-thirds of an inning against Florida on July 2. He earned five wins between that disastrous outing and Sunday's defeat.
Rangers reliever Scott Feldman pitched the rest of the game.
The rout was on in the fifth inning after Pierre had a two-run single down the third-base line that was narrowly fair. Young and Washington questioned the call, but the umpires met and upheld it.
"The umpire made the right call," Washington said. "He thought it crossed the bag, and it had to cross a little part of it. But it turned out it crossed the bag."
While that broke the game open, the Rangers' offense didn't get anything going against White Sox starter Gavin Floyd. He gave up only three hits -- all singles -- and dominated from the start. He went seven-plus innings with one walk and six strikeouts.
Chicago relievers Chris Sale and Jason Frasor preserved the shutout with two scoreless innings.
The Rangers' leadoff man reached in the second, fourth, fifth and eighth innings, but they weren't able to put together any rallies. They loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth, but Sale ended that threat by getting Young to ground out.
Asked whether his team had hit a wall at the end of the long trip, Washington said: "Hit a wall? No, it's Aug. 21. We got beat. Everybody at this point is physically exhausted, and we just didn't get it done today.
"We didn't run into any wall. I don't recall running into a wall. I just saw Gavin out there slicing and dicing, that's what I saw."
Drew Davison, 817-390-7760