ANAHEIM -- Rangers starter Derek Holland had a 2-0 lead after three innings on Monday and said he was working with some of the best stuff he's had all year. But he ran into some control problems and ended up allowing six runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Holland walked two in the third inning but got away with it because Albert Pujols hit into an inning-ending double play. Then a walk to Mark Trumbo started a three-run rally for the Angels in the fourth.
"I beat myself," Holland said. "I had those guys down, I was doing my job and I let it slip up. Too many walks. It was a disappointing game. I still feel everything is fine. I felt I had one of my best games stuff-wise. I thought I had great command. Then that one inning I started falling behind and started walking people. I got away with it one inning, but the next inning it got away from me. I just beat myself; that was the disappointing thing."
Holland's next start is scheduled for Saturday against the Twins in the third game of a four-game series. Nick Tepesch will open the set on Thursday night. He threw 45 pitches in a bullpen session on Monday without any problems and should be ready on Thursday. He left Saturday's start in the second inning after getting hit in the right arm with a line drive, but that is no longer a concern.
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