Straily shuts down Texas for 6th straight win

CINCINNATI — Reds right-hander Dan Straily is on a roll, and it didn’t stop against the first-place Rangers on Tuesday night.

Straily, in a tight pitching matchup with left-hander Derek Holland, pitched six scoreless innings, and the Reds held on for a 3-0 victory at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday. The Rangers have lost three straight and are now five games up on the Mariners, who are playing the Yankees tonight, in the American League West with 36 to play.

The Reds, who have won six of their last eight, are 22-14 since the All-Star break — second-best in the National League — and Straily is one of the reasons. Straily held the Rangers to three hits, walked two and struck out five. He is now 6-0 with a 1.98 ERA in eight starts since the break, and the Reds have won all eight.

Holland, making his first start since June 20, came off the disabled list and allowed just one run in six innings. He gave up four hits, walked one and struck …

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