The Texas Rangers took an early 2-0 lead against Hector Santiago and the Anaheim Angels thanks in part to Eric Karros cursing the Angels for using defensive shifts and Robinson Chirinos hitting a solo home run.
For the first four innings, it appeared as though we were witnessing Good Derek Holland as only a Yunel Escobar solo dong blemished him through the first four frames. However, in the fifth, Bad Derek Holland took the mound and issued two walks and two two-out run scoring hits (a single by Escobar and a go-ahead double by Craig Gentry) before striking out Mike Trout to end his evening.
For the game, Holland went a respectable five innings allowing three runs on four hits and two walks while striking out five Angels.
The Rangers tied the game in the 7th inning on an Elvis sac fly but couldn't plate another run and the Angels finally got to the Texas bullpen for the game-winning run on an Albert Pujols hit with two outs and the bases loaded in the 9th.
Player of the Game: You can argue that Desmond was the best player on the field for the Rangers tonight but he isn't Adrian Beltre and it isn't his birthday.