Feldman drops fourth straight as Rangers can't finish sweep

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ARLINGTON -- The final analysis of Scott Feldman early Sunday evening was much kinder to him than the final result as the Texas Rangers went for a four-game sweep of last-place Minnesota.

The Twins hit only a couple balls hard but kept collecting hits against the right-hander. The Rangers' defense wasn't at its best behind Feldman, and soft-tossing right-hander Cole De Vries put the Rangers' bats to sleep.

In the aftermath of a 6-5 loss, which was the fourth straight defeat for Feldman, manager Ron Washington said that Feldman will stick in the rotation.

Ben Revere went 4 for 4 with three runs scored and an RBI triple in the sixth, and Minnesota scored three times with two outs to send De Vries to his first victory since June 30.

The Rangers will open a three-game series tonight against Tampa Bay with a 5 1/2-game lead over Oakland in the American League West after dropping a game that was delayed 86 minutes in the first inning because of rain.

"The frustrating thing is that we didn't play as sharply as we could today," outfielder David Murphy said. "If we had, then we very well could have had a different outcome."

Feldman (6-10) was frustrated throughout. He believed that he made some quality pitches that were turned into hits, including seven by the first three Twins hitters.

The first two, Denard Span and Revere, used their speed to create havoc as Minnesota scored at least once in five of Feldman's six innings. Included was an unearned run in a sloppy third inning as the Rangers committed errors on consecutive plays.

Revere started the third with an infield hit and moved to second on a throwing error by Mitch Moreland.

Feldman snared a come-backer by Joe Mauer and got Revere in a rundown, but Adrian Beltre dropped the ball as he made a tag.

Revere scored on a pop-up that Josh Hamilton charged to catch in shallow left field, but Revere scored as Hamilton bobbled the ball as he tried to throw home.

The Twins scored twice in the fifth, with the second run coming on a two-out single by Trevor Plouffe for a 5-2 lead. Revere's triple an inning later also came with two outs.

Feldman kept the Twins in the ballpark, but they collected 10 hits.

"It was a frustrating game," Feldman said.

"They had guys on base all game. It was one of those games where I made good pitches for the most part."

The first three Rangers hitters after the rain delay collected singles for a 2-1 lead. Hamilton had the key hit, a two-run single after a passed ball. But the Rangers wouldn't have another hit against De Vries (3-5), who exited after five innings.

The Rangers greeted reliever Jeff Gray with a two-run homer by Hamilton, his 35th of the season, and a solo shot by Nelson Cruz, his 20th, to cut a four-run deficit to just one.

But three Twins relievers held the Rangers without a hit the rest of the way, and Washington was left to defend Feldman's spot in the rotation.

"We have no issues with Feldman in the rotation," Washington said. "He made some pitches, and they found some holes."

Washington observed that Feldman's tempo has slowed since he won six straight decisions.

Feldman said that nothing much has changed, except maybe his luck over the course of a season.

"I don't think there's really much of a difference," he said. "The way I've been throwing the ball is the same. All that stuff evens out. It's baseball. It's a long season. Everyone goes through their ups and downs. Hopefully, I'm on the way back up."

Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @JeffWilson_FWST

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