ARLINGTON – Scott Feldman turned in one of the best performances in his career, and is making a case to stay in the rotation for the stretch run.
Feldman threw eight scoreless innings in the Texas Rangers’ 2-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday night at Rangers Ballpark. The Rangers extended their lead in the American League West to 4 ½ games over the Oakland Athletics and five games over the Los Angeles Angels.
Feldman is on a five-game winning streak after losing six straight appearances. He didn’t get into any significant jams over his eight innings, needing only 88 pitches.
Joe Nathan closed it out in the ninth for his 21st save.
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A day after holding a hitters-only meeting on relaxing and executing with runners in scoring position, the Rangers didn’t exactly shine at the plate. But they did enough.
They scored single runs in the third and fifth, despite going 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position and 1 for 31 for the series. In the third, Josh Hamilton walked and eventually scored on a White Sox error.
Nelson Cruz led off the fifth with a double and moved to third on Hamilton’s groundout. With one out and a runner on third, Michael Young hit a dribbler to groundout. However, it scored a run, as Cruz took off for home plate after the throw to first base and slid in safely.
-- Drew Davison