ARLINGTON -- Scott Feldman was a pitch away from leaving the fifth inning Monday night having allowed only one run and pulling a nice escape job to keep the Texas Rangers within striking distance.
That pitch never came, though the one he threw to J.J. Hardy wasn't necessarily a bad pitch. But one Feldman threw to Nate McLouth was, and it made the difference for Baltimore.
The Orioles scored four times with two outs, including three in a four-run fifth inning, en route to a 5-3 victory that snapped the Rangers' three-game winning streak.
Feldman, who lost his third consecutive decision, was miffed by the way his final inning played out after coming close to holding Baltimore to only one run.
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"I was close to getting out of it but really couldn't get that final out, and that is frustrating," he said. "I felt I was so close to limiting the damage there, and that's all you're trying to do in that situation is limit the damage and get our guys back in the dugout and swinging."
Manny Machado had tripled home a run with one out in the fifth, but Feldman got Nick Markakis on a weak tapper back to the mound. Feldman (6-9) jumped ahead of Hardy in the count, but the shortstop poked a 1-2 pitch into right field to score Machado.
McLouth followed with his first homer of the season, a two-run shot to right field for a 5-1 lead. The Orioles' run in the first came after a two-out walk to McLouth, who stole second base, went to third on an error on catcher Geovany Soto, and scored on a wild pitch.
"But even after giving up that hit to Hardy, we're still right in the game, 3-1," Feldman said. "And I just made a bad pitch to McLouth."
Until the fifth, Feldman and Chris Tillman (6-2) had engaged in a pitchers' duel. Ian Kinsler countered the Orioles' run in the first with a solo shot in the third, his 14th this season.
Feldman struck out the Orioles' Nos. 4-6 hitters in the fourth and entered the fifth at only 66 pitches. The right-hander threw 34 in the key inning, and was lifted to start the sixth.
"It was just a matter of not executing my pitches as well," Feldman said. "We lost the game, so hopefully I can get better for the next one."
The Rangers got within two runs after Soto's two-run shot in the seventh. But the Rangers couldn't get the same key two-out hit as Baltimore.
Kinsler walked two batters after Soto's second homer since his trade from Chicago, and Elvis Andrus followed with a single ahead of Josh Hamilton.
Former Rangers reliever Pedro Strop fell behind in the count to Hamilton at 3-1, and it seemed unlikely that Hamilton would get a pitch to hit.
He didn't at 3-1, chasing a pitch in the dirt, then drove a hanging slider deep but foul. Strop threw another 3-2 splitter in the dirt, and Hamilton chased it to end the threat.
"He guessed, and Pedro was throwing a split at the time," manager Ron Washington said. "It was a good battle. Pedro won it."
The Rangers' lead in the American League West at press time was 51/2 games over Oakland, which was playing a late game on the West Coast. Third-place Anaheim trails by 81/2 games.
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