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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Ron Washington shook his head, a bemused look on his face. He had a towel draped over his shoulders and was still wet from the beer shower provided by his players.
Derek Holland gave up four hits in eight stellar innings, Nelson Cruz and Mitch Moreland each hit a home run and Washington became the winningest manager in Rangers history as Texas beat the Oakland Athletics 4-0 on Sunday.
"I'm not a fan of the cold stuff," Washington said. "I had to stand there and endure it. Any success you have in life, there are others who helped get you there."
Washington, who coached for Oakland for 11 years, passed Bobby Valentine with his 582nd win.
"Yes it means a lot to me," he said. "I came here as a novice and in seven years won the most games in Rangers' history. This organization gave me the chance and the players kept winning ballgames."
Adrian Beltre had two hits and drove in a run for the Rangers, who have won six of seven to move within 2½ games of the AL West Division leading Athletics.
"It's a pretty cool accomplishment and he's going to get a lot more," Rangers infielder Ian Kinsler said. "He's grow up with this organization and established a winning environment."
Nate Freiman had two hits for the A's, who have lost four of five.
Holland (9-6) walked two and matched his season high with 10 strikeouts as he ended a personal two-game losing streak.
"We've had a strong relationship," Holland said of Washington. "He even comes out to the mound instead of [Mark] Maddux. He's a great guy for me. I love playing for him."
A.J. Griffin (10-8) lasted 6 2/3 innings, allowing four runs -- three earned -- on five hits. He walked one and struck out seven.
Griffin has allowed a major-league leading 28 home runs this season and became the first Oakland pitcher to give up two or more in four consecutive starts since Mark Redman did it in 2007.
"That's the best I've seen Holland pitch in quite a while," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "The inside zone was there for him, which made the changeup really tough to deal with."
Holland, who has an 0.81 ERA in his nine wins, beat the A's for the fifth straight time. He also improved to 7-1 in 12 road starts.
"Oakland is in first place for a reason," Holland said. "We're gaining ground on them for a reason too."
Joe Nathan walked Josh Donaldson and allowed an infield single to Yoenis Cespedes to open the ninth. He got pinch hitter Brandon Moss to ground into a force out and got Alberto Callapso to hit into a game-ending double play.
The Rangers took advantage of a two-out fielding error by Cespedes in the first inning to take the early lead. Kinsler reached second on the play and scored when Beltre singled.
Cruz led off the second inning with his 27th homer of the year and Moreland hit a two-run shot in the seventh.
"It's pretty frustrating," Griffin said of Moreland's home run. "To pitch well for 6 2/3 innings and to have that happen, it's frustrating."
Meanwhile, Holland did not allow a runner past second base. He retired 14 of 15 batters during one stretch.
|Derek Holland is pumped up after his performance. The Rangers' lefty whiffs 10 through eight superb shutout innings. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Leonys Martin, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.278|
|Elvis Andrus, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.253|
|Ian Kinsler, 2B||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||.271|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||3||0||2||1||1||1||0||.314|
|A.J. Pierzynski, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.277|
|Nelson Cruz, DH||4||1||1||1||0||2||0||.269|
|David Murphy, LF||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.225|
|Craig Gentry, CF||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.241|
|Mitch Moreland, 1B||4||1||1||2||0||1||2||.244|
|HR - Nelson Cruz (27, Griffin), Mitch Moreland (16, Griffin)|
|RBI - Adrian Beltre (64), Nelson Cruz (76), Mitch Moreland 2 (43)|
|2-OUT RBI - Adrian Beltre (31), Mitch Moreland 2 (25)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Andrus-Kinsler-Moreland, Andrus-Kinsler-Moreland-Andrus-Kinsler-Moreland|
|Derek Holland (W,9-6)||8||4||0||0||2||10||0||3.02|
|WP - Derek Holland (9)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Derek Holland 112-77, Joe Nathan 15-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Holland 8-5, Joe Nathan 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Derek Holland 29, Joe Nathan 4|
|Coco Crisp, DH||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.251|
|Jed Lowrie, SS||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.289|
|Josh Donaldson, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.294|
|Yoenis Cespedes, LF||3||0||1||0||1||2||0||.230|
|Nate Freiman, 1B||3||0||2||0||0||1||1||.275|
|a-Brandon Moss, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.244|
|Alberto Callaspo, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.243|
|Chris Young, CF||2||0||1||0||1||0||0||.194|
|Josh Reddick, RF||3||0||0||0||0||2||4||.208|
|Derek Norris, C||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||.214|
|a-hit into fielder's choice for Freiman in the 9th|
|Team LOB - 6|
|E - Yoenis Cespedes (3, Dropped fly), Josh Donaldson (11, Throwing)|
|A.J. Griffin (L,10-8)||6.2||5||4||3||1||7||2||3.91|
|Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Griffin 108-75, Jerry Blevins 4-4, Pat Neshek 13-6, Evan Scribner 15-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Griffin 4-10, Pat Neshek 1-2, Evan Scribner 1-1|
|Batters Faced - A.J. Griffin 27, Jerry Blevins 1, Pat Neshek 4, Evan Scribner 4|
|Attendance - 23263|
|Game Time - 2:33|
|Temperature - 61|
|Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Quinn Wolcott, Third Base - Dale Scott|