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Holland whiffs every Orioles batter in shutout, Rangers win 6-0 to complete 3-game sweep

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ARLINGTON, Texas — noticed how quiet it suddenly got after the final pitch of his eighth career shutout for the Texas Rangers

Everyone was briefly distracted as Baltimore slugger ' bat helicoptered toward the right-field line after a big swing-and-miss, an appropriate ending for the slumping Orioles.

"They were watching the bat, and I was like, (catcher ) has the ball right now, why isn't everybody getting excited?" Holland said with a grin after his 6-0 victory Sunday polished off a three-game sweep.

Once Davis' bat settled to the ground without doing any harm, there were finally loud cheers to mark Holland's three-hitter. The left-hander matched a career high with 11 strikeouts in his third start since coming off the disabled list.

Holland (2-1), who walked none and hit a batter with a pitch, struck out each of the Orioles' nine starters at least once — getting and Davis twice. The last of his 116 pitches was a slider past Davis.

"Nobody really knew. I felt bad for him. I told him it's kind of anticlimactic. For it to end like that, and I'm the only one back there going crazy," Gimenez said. "For him, too, it's just big, just knowing that he's back, he's fully capable of going out and doing that. He just proved it to everybody today."

At 68-61, the Rangers are seven games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2013 season. Their 68 wins are already one more than all of last year — and they still have 33 regular-season games to play.

The Orioles have lost 10 of 11, falling 5 1/2 games behind the Rangers in the AL wild-card chase.

"(Holland) was good. He's been good for quite a while. He's certainly got his health back," Baltimore manager said. "It bodes well for them and bad for us."

After missing most of 2014 following left knee surgery, Holland went back on the DL after only one inning in the home opener April 10 when he strained his left shoulder. His previous shutout was Sept. 23, 2013, against Houston.

"I executed all my pitches, the defense was making some outstanding plays behind me, and the offense put up the runs," Holland said. "I'm just glad to get back and get a complete game."

(9-11) gave up four runs in 5 1-3 innings. The right-hander is 0-5 in his last seven starts, allowing 29 earned runs over 35 innings (7.46 ERA).

"We all know that this game isn't easy," he said. "Mentally, you've got to be tough and not think about what's going on. ... But you've got to keep making pitches."

It was the Rangers' seventh shutout this season, and Baltimore was held scoreless for the ninth time.

Texas had three consecutive singles to start the first before 's sacrifice fly made it 1-0. , whose single marked his 34th consecutive start since the All-Star break reaching safely, then scored on a wild pitch.

Beltre had a two-out double in the third, scoring when hit a single. Andrus led off the sixth with a bunt single and scored on 's single.

POSITIVE TRENDS IN TEXAS

Texas finished with its best record against the Orioles, going 6-1 this season. ... The Rangers have won their last six series finales, and nine of 10. ... They have won six consecutive day games, and nine of 11, moving to 19-18 in such games.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: RHP , on the disabled list since Aug. 10 with right shoulder tendinitis, is scheduled to throw an inning Monday for Double-A Bowie and could rejoin the Orioles later in the week.

Rangers: C (left thumb strain) will travel with the team for its trip to San Diego, and likely will be activated Tuesday when rosters can expand to 40. He hasn't played since July 12. ... C (left shoulder strain), out since July 30, is expected to take batting practice Monday with Double-A Round Rock, and could begin a rehab assignment Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Orioles: After a 1-6 trip, the Orioles are home Monday night to start a three-game series against Tampa Bay that will end a stretch of 20 games in 20 days. Then they hit the road again for six more games.

Rangers: goes for his career-best 15th win when the Rangers play Monday night in San Diego, the start of an 11-day, 10-game road trip that is their longest of the season.

PHOTO: Texas Rangers starting pitcher Derek Holland throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Derek Holland throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

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PHOTO: Texas Rangers starting pitcher Derek Holland, right, celebrates with catcher Chris Gimenez after the final out a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. Holland threw a complete shutout game as the Rangers won 6-0. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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