Rangers come back from 6-0 hole but lose to Smoak, Seattle

Posted Sunday, Sep. 16, 2012  comments  Print Reprints
A

Have more to add? News tip? Tell us

ARLINGTON -- The only good thing about Scott Feldman's performance Saturday night is that the Texas Rangers' offense still had seven opportunities to chip away at the giant deficit he had put them in.

And, sure enough, the bats did their part to give the Rangers a chance in a game in which Feldman gave them none.

But it wasn't enough.

Feldman wasn't the losing pitcher after an 8-6 defeat to Seattle. Tanner Scheppers was after Justin Smoak took the steam out of the Rangers' comeback with a homer to start the eighth and with another RBI in the ninth.

But the Rangers found themselves in a 6-0 hole in the third inning after Feldman proved wildly ineffective against the worst-hitting team in the American League.

Feldman hasn't won a game since Aug. 4. He is 0-5 with a 6.92 ERA in the seven starts since he beat Kansas City, and the Rangers are 1-6 in those games.

With 17 games remaining and their lead over Oakland in the AL West down to two games, the Rangers face a decision on whether Feldman should start again the rest of the season.

"The game just ended," manager Ron Washington said. "We haven't had a chance to evaluate that yet."

The topic is sure to be broached before Feldman's next scheduled start, Friday at Seattle. Left-hander Martin Perez would seem to be a logical candidate after he worked 4 1/3 scoreless innings in relief.

Seattle scored once in the first inning against Feldman, who allowed three batters to reach despite being ahead of them in the count.

After a perfect second, Feldman was tagged by Dustin Ackley for a homer to start the third. Seattle would score four more times, with two coming on a triple by Michael Saunders, before Feldman was lifted after 2 2/3 innings.

"There were pitches where I was ahead in the count and just got a little too much of the plate," said Feldman, who has had six- and five-game losing streaks this season as well as a six-game winning stretch.

Perez entered and flourished, allowing only a two-out walk in the fifth and a two-out hit batsman in the seventh. He struck out five and needed only 56 pitches to record 13 outs.

"Martin did a great job," Feldman said.

His effort gave the Rangers' offense a chance against Justin Vargas, who allowed a run in the third on a Nelson Cruz sacrifice fly but otherwise pitched well until the sixth.

Cruz started that inning with a single and went to third on a double by Michael Young. After David Murphy popped out, Mike Napoli launched a three-run shot off the lower-level suites in left field to cut the Rangers' deficit to 6-4.

They pulled even an inning later with a two-run rally that started with a one-out walk to Josh Hamilton. Adrian Beltre's single pushed Hamilton to second, and Cruz drove Hamilton home with a single that sneaked into left field.

Murphy grounded out two batters later as Beltre came across to tie it.

But Smoak broke the tie only two pitches into the eighth with a deep drive to center off Scheppers, who entered because Washington thought Perez had tired.

The Rangers were without Mike Adams, Koji Uehara and Joe Nathan.

"You don't know if they're going to come in and get it done either," Washington said. "The other guys have to come in and get us outs, too."

Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @JeffWilson_FWST

Looking for comments?

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?





Wednesday, November 26Full Scoreboard
No games today
Full Scoreboard
Wednesday, November 26Full Scoreboard
Portland «105Final | Box
Charlotte97
Washington87Final | Box
Cleveland «113
Golden State «111Final | Box
Orlando96
Brooklyn «99Final | Box
Philadelphia91
Toronto «126Final | Box
Atlanta115
New York102Final(OT) | Box
Dallas «109
LA Clippers «104Final | Box
Detroit98
Sacramento89Final | Box
Houston «102
Milwaukee «103Final | Box
Minnesota86
Utah82Final | Box
Oklahoma City «97
Indiana100Final | Box
San Antonio «106
Denver112Final | Box
Phoenix «120
Memphis «99Final | Box
LA Lakers93
Full Scoreboard
Week 13Full Scoreboard
Thursday
Chicago 12:30 PM ET
Detroit TV: CBS
Philadelphia 4:30 PM ET
Dallas TV: FOX
Seattle 8:30 PM ET
San Francisco TV: NBC
Sunday
San Diego 1:00 PM ET
Baltimore TV: CBS
Cleveland 1:00 PM ET
Buffalo TV: CBS
Tennessee 1:00 PM ET
Houston TV: CBS
Washington 1:00 PM ET
Indianapolis TV: FOX
NY Giants 1:00 PM ET
Jacksonville TV: FOX
Carolina 1:00 PM ET
Minnesota TV: FOX
New Orleans 1:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh TV: FOX
Oakland 1:00 PM ET
St. Louis TV: CBS
Cincinnati 1:00 PM ET
Tampa Bay TV: CBS
Arizona 4:05 PM ET
Atlanta TV: FOX
New England 4:25 PM ET
Green Bay TV: CBS
Denver 8:30 PM ET
Kansas City TV: NBC
Monday
Miami 8:30 PM ET
NY Jets TV: ESPN
Full Scoreboard
Wednesday, November 26Full Scoreboard
Washington2Final(OT) | Box
NY Islanders «3
Winnipeg «2Final | Box
Buffalo1
Philadelphia2Final | Box
Detroit «5
NY Rangers3Final | Box
Tampa Bay «4
Carolina0Final | Box
Florida «1
Toronto3Final(OT) | Box
Pittsburgh «4
Los Angeles «4Final | Box
Minnesota0
Chicago «3Final | Box
Colorado2
Calgary «2Final | Box
San Jose0
Full Scoreboard