SAN FRANCISCO -- Considering the injuries to their starting rotation and the sudden silencing of their bats, the Texas Rangers currently have very little margin for error.
Yet when Scott Feldman has been on the mound since taking over for Neftali Feliz, the Rangers have made critical mistakes behind him. Moreover, their bats have been strangely silent with Feldman on the hill.
That proved to be a lethal combination yet again on a sun-soaked Saturday afternoon at AT&T Park.
Three Rangers errors, two of which came during Feldman's 5 1/3 innings, and only two hits through seven innings sent the Rangers to a 5-2 loss to San Francisco.
The Rangers saw their lead in the American League West cut to three games over Anaheim, but of more immediate concern was the continued lack of offense on their 10-game road trip.
"We just didn't swing the bats as well as we can," manager Ron Washington said. "You usually don't have it where throughout the whole lineup everyone is struggling, but that's what's happening to us right now.
"All we can do is keep working and keep doing what we've got to do, and it'll come back around. Right now, I really don't have an answer."
They remain supremely confident that they will work out of a funk that has seen them score two runs or fewer in six of the nine games on the road trip and hit .221 over their past six games.
That included a 14-hit performance Friday that they had hoped would turn around their plate woes.
But they went six innings without a hit Saturday after collecting two singles in the first inning against Ryan Vogelsong (5-3), who took a shutout into the eighth inning.
Mitch Moreland broke that up with a pinch-hit homer to start the eighth, and Mike Napoli hit his 11th of the year with two outs in the ninth.
Feldman was long gone by then. The right-hander had his best start of the season, pitching into the sixth inning for the first time, but a pair of miscues cost him a chance to work deeper into the game.
Vogelsong helped get the Giants' offense started in the third inning. He singled with one out, went to second on a balk and was at third after Gregor Blanco singled.
Feldman, though, would do his job as he got Ryan Theriot to hit a grounder toward second base. Ian Kinsler fielded it, but Blanco stopped to avoid the tag. Kinsler then opted to get an out at first base, but threw wildly and got no outs as Vogelsong scored.
The run was earned, because a double play can't be assumed, but it was the third time in five starts that an error had cost Feldman. Adrian Beltre made gaffes May 14 and May 29 that led to unearned runs being charged to Feldman (0-5).
San Francisco scored again in the fifth as Josh Hamilton was tagged with a two-base error in left field after losing a Brandon Crawford fly ball in the sun. Feldman got the next two batters, but Theriot lofted a flare into right field that fell for a single and a 2-0 Giants lead.
Feldman would be charged with another run in the sixth. Nate Schierholtz tripled off Robbie Ross to plate Angel Pagan, whom Feldman had walked with one out before being pulled at 91 pitches.
But he was better Saturday after surrendering eight runs in 1 2/3 innings Tuesday at Oakland.
"It's a disappointment whenever you don't win, but I feel like I threw the ball well," said Feldman, who had seven strikeouts. "It was just one of those days where we didn't get any breaks as a team."
The Rangers, meanwhile, were nearly shut out for the second time since Wednesday. Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre had singles in the first inning, but the Rangers didn't have another hit until Moreland started the eighth with a shot into McCovey Cove.
"If we had put some runs on the board, it [the defense] really wouldn't have mattered," Washington said. "You don't like to make errors, but it is part of the game. Today, some things happened."
Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760