Derek Holland struck out a season-high 10 batters and allowed no earned runs over 6 2/3 innings in Saturday's 5-2 win against the Mariners.
Both runs scored during Holland's watch were unearned. He scattered four hits and walked three, throwing 119 pitches and out-dueling Felix Hernandez. Seattle's feeble offense cured Holland's recent struggles; he'd allowed four runs in each of his last two outings. The must-start 26-year-old lefty will carry a 2.97 ERA and 1.16 WHIP into a showdown against Arizona next week.
Justin Smoak left Saturday's game due to a strained oblique and will be reevaluated Sunday.
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If Smoak lands on the DL, the Mariners would likely simply turn to Kendrys Morales or Michael Morse at first base, opening up extra at-bats for Jason Bay and Raul Ibanez. Rather than call up someone from Triple-A, they could activate Franklin Gutierrez.
David Murphy went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI in Saturday's 5-2 victory in Seattle.
Murphy's two-run double in the second off Felix Hernandez spotted Texas a 3-0 lead. Murphy, one of the league's few tormentors of King Felix, had another good game against the All-World hurler. Unfortunately, he hasn't been hitting anyone else, batting .229/.279/.405 through 47 games. Murphy does have eight hits in his last six games, hopefully portending the end to his batter's box misery.