Matchup: Derek Holland vs. Jordan Lyles

September, 23, 2013
9/23/13
1:30
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers open a must-sweep three-game series against last-place Houston with left-hander Derek Holland facing Astros right-hander Jordan Lyles at 7:05 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest, ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540 AM.

Holland (9-9, 3.48): Holland is winless in his last eight starts, but he pitched better against Tampa Bay on Wednesday, allowing two runs in six innings. He had 5 2/3 shutout innings before allowing a two-out, two-run home run to the Rays' Sean Rodriguez in the bottom of the sixth that tied the game 2-2. The Rays won 4-3 in 12 innings. ... Holland is 0-3 with a 7.91 ERA in September. He has allowed 14 home runs in 15 starts since July 1. He leads the staff with 21 quality starts. He is 0-0 with a 3.75 ERA in two starts against the Astros this season.

Lyles (7-8, 5.26): Lyles allowed seven runs in 3 1/3 innings in his last start Tuesday against Cincinnati. He doesn't miss many bats with 91 strikeouts in 138 2/3 innings. The Astros are 9-15 for his starts. Houston scores for him, averaging 5.78 runs of support per start. He is 7-10 after a Houston loss. Lyles is a very respectable 3-2 with a 3.61 ERA on the road. He has made one start against the Rangers this season, allowing eight runs and 11 hits in four innings.

Hitters: Adrian Beltre (6-for-15, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs) and David Murphy (4-for-6, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs) have raked against Lyles. Astros catcher Jason Castro is 4-for-6 with a home run against Holland.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.18 133 170
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182