Ian Kinsler hit a two-run double and Derek Holland bounced back from his worst outing of the season as the visiting Texas Rangers won for only the second time in their past six games with a 6-3 victory against the A’s on Tuesday.
Josh Hamilton added an RBI double and Michael Young had a run-scoring triple for the Rangers, who raced to a 5-0 lead.
Holland (5-4) allowed a two-run homer to Collin Cowgill in the fifth inning and a solo shot to Yoenis Cespedes in the sixth and yielded seven hits in 5¹⁄³ innings. He was roughed up for eight runs in 1²⁄³ innings in the Rangers’ 21-8 loss to Seattle on May 30.
Alexi Ogando and Mike Adams followed Holland with 2²⁄³ scoreless innings before Joe Nathan pitched a scoreless ninth for his 12th save in 13 chances.
Oakland’s Travis Blackley (0-1), a 29-year-old Australian making his second career start, allowed five runs and seven hits in 4²⁄³ innings.
The Rangers went in front 3-0 in the third inning when Kinsler and Hamilton provided run-scoring hits.
Yorvit Torrealba’s sacrifice fly in the fourth made it 4-0 before Young’s triple in the fifth.
Oakland left-hander Sean Doolittle made his major-league debut and retired all four batters he faced with three strikeouts.
NOTES: Doolittle, a converted first baseman, allowed eight hits, seven walks and struck out 48 in 25 innings (16 games) combined at all three minor league levels in 2012 prior to his call-up. His ERA was 0.72. ... A’s reliever Andrew Carignan left in the eighth inning with an apparent arm injury after retiring two batters and walking another.