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Only one team in baseball owns a worse ERA than the Texas Rangers over the last week.

Derek Holland contributed to that unsightly figure, but could be poised to bounce back based on his history against the Oakland Athletics.

The struggling Rangers will hand Holland the ball Tuesday night as they continue this four-game road set against the Athletics.

Texas (32-23) has posted a 7.94 ERA over its last six games - better than only Houston - in a stretch that began with last Tuesday's 10-3 defeat to Seattle. Holland (4-4, 5.11 ERA) took the mound the next night and gave up eight runs - all in the second inning - and exited after recording five outs.

It marked the most runs allowed by a Rangers starter in one inning since Tommy Hunter gave up nine to Boston on Aug. 14, 2008.

"I did not give my team a chance to win," Holland said after the 21-8 loss. "It's a big letdown on my part."

Holland tends to give the Rangers a great chance to beat the Athletics (24-31), going 3-0 with a 1.06 ERA in his last five starts against them.

He will be tasked with slowing down an Oakland offense that took advantage of Scott Feldman in Monday's 12-1 rout.

The Athletics, who remain last in the majors with a .213 average, finished with a season high in runs and hits (15). Feldman gave up eight runs over 1 2-3 innings - the same line as Holland's last outing - and the game got so out of hand that Texas manager Ron Washington used outfielder Craig Gentry to pitch the bottom of the eighth.

Texas was held hitless by Jarrod Parker until Michael Young's leadoff single in the eighth inning.

Oakland's lead had reached double digits by that point. Brandon Inge had a three-run homer in the eight-run second inning and Seth Smith had two of his four hits in the frame.

"On offense, we talk about contagious. You have nothing and then all of a sudden somebody breaks through and somebody right after," manager Bob Melvin said. "Hopefully this is something to build on.''

Cliff Pennington ended his career-worst 0-for-29 drought with an RBI double in the second inning and finished with two hits and two runs scored.

Josh Hamilton went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts and has matched a season high by failing to drive in a run for four straight games. He leads the majors with 57 RBIs.

The A's will give the ball to left-hander Travis Blackley (0-0, 0.82), who is 0-3 with an 8.74 ERA in his last eight starts since winning his major league debut in his lone career appearance against the Rangers on July 1, 2004, with Seattle.

Young is the only Texas hitter who has faced Blackley, going 1 for 3. Blackley yielded one run over five innings last Monday in a 5-4 loss at Minnesota and did not receive a decision in his first start since 2007.

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