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PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Derek Holland accomplished something Monday he's never done before: He got a hit.

The Texas Rangers' left hander had a two-out RBI single in the second inning of a 3-1 loss to the San Diego Padres on Monday. It was Holland's first hit as a professional - albeit in an exhibition game - as he doesn't get many opportunities to bat in the American League.

After allowing three runs and six hits in six innings of his first start since returning from World Baseball Classic, Holland was pretty excited about his RBI. The next two at bats, where he struck out trying to get a bunt down, drown him nuts.

"I knocked the cover off the ball. It felt amazing," Holland said. "Honestly though, I was more disappointed that I couldn't get a bunt down. I need to work on that whole thing."

Holland didn't have any complaints about his pitching performance. He had command of all his pitches, including a changeup he'd like to use with greater frequency this season.

Holland threw 81 pitches in the game, 20 more in the bullpen and declared himself ready for the regular season.

"I'm definitely ready to go," he said after striking out seven and walking one. "They got a few runs, but I felt really good out there. I threw all my pitches well and I got my pitch count up. Everything felt good."

Holland said he's in better position to start season than ever after representing Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.

"I rank the atmosphere just as high as the World Series," Holland said. "It was an unbelievable experience, and it definitely made me better prepared for the regular season. I feel a step ahead of where I was last year at this time.

"I feel really good right now, and I'm glad to be back with my teammates. This is a family to me, so it was about interacting with them, and taking some flak for not winning the whole thing. The Dominicans on the team still won't let me forget that."

Jason Marquis allowed one run and six hits in six innings with four walks for the Padres. He worked out of several jams while throwing 91 pitches and kept the Rangers' offense at bay despite flu-like symptoms.

"He battled well, considering his illness," Padres manager Bud Black said. "I liked the way he used all of his pitches, including a changeup he's added this spring. He did a good job."

Elvis Andrus was 2 for 5 with a double for the Rangers, and extended his spring hitting streak to 14 games.

San Diego's Everth Cabrera was 2 for 2 with a run scored and left fielder Jesus Guzman hit a two-run homer and struck out twice.

Padres closer Huston Street pitched back-to-back days for the first time this spring, and threw another perfect inning. Street hasn't allowed a run since Feb. 28, a span of eight innings.

NOTES: Padres LF Carlos Quentin will play his first official major-league game of the spring on Tuesday against San Francisco. He's been rehabbing right knee soreness, and has been restricted to minor-league games in recent weeks. ... 3B Logan Forsythe will also play Tuesday against the Giants. Forsythe (plantar fasciitis) hasn't played for San Francisco since March 7, although he played in the minors on Sunday. ... Rangers manager Ron Washington said that INF Jeff Baker, a non-roster invitee, has made 25-man roster. He'll be a utility player off the bench. ... In addition to RHP Edinson Volquez being named the Padres' opening-day starter, manager Buddy Black said RHP Clayton Richard was the No. 2 starter, and would pitch the team's home opener on April 9. ... Padres RHP Joe Wieland, rehabbing from elbow ligament replacement surgery played catch off a mound for the first time since his July 2012 surgery.

 
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Players of the Game
Texas

D. Holland
IP 6.0
H 6
ER 3
BB 1
K 7
San Diego

J. Marquis
IP 6.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 4
K 5
 

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Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Elvis Andrus, SS5020012 .413
Leonys Martin, CF4010003 .339
    Jake Skole, LF0000000 .000
Mitch Moreland, 1B1000200 .412
    Jim Adduci, 1B1000000 .400
Nelson Cruz, RF4000014 .290
A.J. Pierzynski, C3000013 .294
    Geovany Soto, C1000000 .212
Julio Borbon, LF-CF3000100 .340
Yangervis Solarte, 3B3010001 .250
    Greg Miclat, 3B1010000 .500
    Joe Ortiz, P0000000 .000
Leury Garcia, 2B2110111 .231
    Jurickson Profar, 2B1000000 .244
Derek Holland, P3011023 .333
    Robbie Ross, P0000000 .000
    Guilder Rodriguez, 3B1000000 .222
Totals3317146  
Batting
2B - Elvis Andrus (4, Marquis), Yangervis Solarte (3, Marquis), Leury Garcia (2, Marquis)
RBI - Derek Holland (1)
2-OUT RBI - Derek Holland (1)
SB - Julio Borbon (1, 2nd base off Marquis/Hundley)
CS - Greg Miclat (1, 2nd base by Stauffer/Rivera)
Team LOB - 9
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Derek Holland (L,1-1) 6633171 2.77
Robbie Ross 1100010 2.55
Joe Ortiz 1000010 0.82
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Holland 80-56, Robbie Ross 12-8, Joe Ortiz 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Holland 7-4, Robbie Ross 1-1, Joe Ortiz 2-0
Batters Faced - Derek Holland 25, Robbie Ross 4, Joe Ortiz 3
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Denorfia, CF3011000 .320
    Alexi Amarista, CF-2B1000011 .317
Everth Cabrera, SS2120000 .333
    Kyle Blanks, 1B1000001 .345
Jesus Guzman, LF3112022 .316
    Gregorio Petit, SS1000000 .171
Yonder Alonso, 1B3000022 .224
    Kyle Gaedele, LF-CF1000000 .375
Jedd Gyorko, 2B3010000 .286
    Travis Buck, LF-RF1000010 .286
Nick Hundley, C2000101 .409
    Rene Rivera, C0000000 .125
Cody Ransom, 3B3000022 .250
    Jesus Merchan, 3B0000000 .000
Will Venable, RF3010001 .196
    Tim Stauffer, P0000000 .000
Jason Marquis, P2110011 .500
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
   a- Wynton Bernard, PH-LF1000001 .000
Totals3037319  
a-grounded out for Street in the 7th
Batting
2B - Chris Denorfia (2, Holland), Will Venable (4, Ross)
HR - Jesus Guzman (4, Holland)
SH - Everth Cabrera (1)
RBI - Chris Denorfia (4), Jesus Guzman 2 (11)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
PB - Nick Hundley (1)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jason Marquis (W,1-0) 6611450 2.00
Huston Street (H,5) 1000000 2.00
Tim Stauffer (S,1) 2100010 8.74
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 91-52, Huston Street 10-5, Tim Stauffer 30-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 6-7, Huston Street 2-1, Tim Stauffer 3-1
Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 28, Huston Street 3, Tim Stauffer 6
Game Information
Attendance - 4265
Game Time - 2:22
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Allen Bailey, Second Base - UMP Nonindividual, Third Base - Quinn Wolcott