Texas Rangers go extra lengths to win series in Kansas City
09/06/2012 11:48 PM
03/24/2013 1:08 AM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Scott Feldman will enter his next start still dogged by losses in five straight decisions, but he left Kauffman Stadium on Thursday night feeling fine.
"It's a lot more fun when the team wins a game, I'll tell you that," the right-hander said.
Feldman's head has remained high during his skid, and it still should be after he recovered from some rough early innings to give the Texas Rangers' offense a chance to bail him out.
Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre did, and so did Ian Kinsler and Michael Young in the 10th.
Hamilton and Beltre hit back-to-back homers to erase an early deficit, and Young singled Kinsler home after he started the 10th with a triple to send the Rangers to a 5-4 victory over Kansas City.
"It was a really good game," Kinsler said. "We showed a lot of different things in this game. We fell down early, and it took us three batters to get back in the game. We struck quickly, and Scott got rolling."
The Rangers took three of four against the Royals, giving them their sixth straight series victory and their ninth in the past 10.
The win pushed the Rangers' lead in the American League West to 5 1/2 games over second-place Oakland and eight games over third-place Anaheim, both of which were idle Thursday.
Feldman left the game in the seventh in position to win after Geovany Soto doubled home David Murphy in the top of the seventh to stake the Rangers to a 4-3 lead.
Eric Hosmer, though, took Michael Kirkman deep to forge a 4-4 tie after Feldman had retired the first batter in the seventh.
The homer was the first Kirkman has surrendered in his career to a left-handed hitter. Manager Ron Washington liked him in the lefty-on-lefty matchup.
Though Feldman didn't get the win, his recovery after the third inning was a key part of the Rangers' comeback.
"He pitched extremely well," Washington said.
Jeff Francoeur homered in the second to give the Royals a 1-0 lead, and they tacked on two more in the third on Alex Gordon's RBI triple and Salvador Perez's single.
But the Rangers scored three times with one out in the fourth, a rally that started with a single by Young. Hamilton followed with his baseball-leading 39th homer of the season, and Beltre knocked No. 30 as the Rangers went back-to-back for the ninth time this season.
It was the fourth time for Beltre to follow a Hamilton homer.
Feldman, buoyed by the offense's quick strike, would retire the final 11 batters he faced.
"You never want to dig yourself in a hole," he said. "But you know with this team, as long as you limit the damage, we're capable of striking back pretty quickly."
Tanner Scheppers and Mike Adams (4-3) provided 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to force extra innings, and Kinsler started the 10th with a drive toward the wall in left-center field.
Lorenzo Cain chased it down and leaped, but it hit off the top of the wall and bounded away. Kinsler charged toward third and dived in safely just ahead of the tag by Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas.
"I thought he was going to catch it," Kinsler said. "I lost some steam coming around first. I saw it bounce away. By the time I got to second, I figured I'd go to third."
Young followed with a single to center, and Joe Nathan closed out his 30th save of the season by turning a 1-6-3 double play to end it.
Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760
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