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Feldman throws strong as Rangers finish DH sweep

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Scott Feldman overcame a shaky first inning to solidify his spot in the Texas Rangers rotation.

Feldman scattered five hits over six innings, and the Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 5-2 to complete a doubleheader sweep on Friday night.

 Rangers 6, Athletics 3

Feldman (4-0) gave up two runs, struck out two and walked three to help the Rangers win for the sixth time in eight games. He allowed four baserunners in the first inning, but gave up only one run before settling down.

"I thought he did an excellent job to hang in there the way he did," Rangers manager Ron Washington said.

Feldman has pitched at least five innings in each of his seven starts since being inserted into the rotation on April 25 when Kris Benson went to the disabled list because of right elbow tendinitis. Feldman has a 2.59 ERA this season since coming out of the bullpen.

"I started behind in the count on too many guys, and that will drive your pitch count up," Feldman said of his early struggles. "But anytime your team wins, you've got to be grateful."

Jason Jennings allowed a walk in two relief innings in the second game. C.J. Wilson worked the ninth of the second game for his fourth save in five chances after earning the win in the first game.

Texas (29-19) has matched the 1996 team for the second-best start in club history.

The A's had won three of their previous four, but strong Rangers pitching stopped any momentum Oakland carried into the series.

"It's a letdown," A's manager Bob Geren said. "We've been playing pretty good. That puts a damper on things."

In the second game, Ryan Sweeney's RBI double gave the A's the lead in the first inning, but the Rangers jumped on right-hander Edgar Gonzalez (0-1) for four runs in the bottom half. Josh Hamilton and Hank Blalock had RBI doubles and Taylor Teagarden added a two-run single.

Geren ordered Gonzalez to intentionally walk left-handed batter Chris Davis to pitch to the righty swinging Teagarden, but the move backfired when Gonzalez hung a slider to Teagarden. Davis went 0-for-7 with six strikeouts in the doubleheader, upping his majors-leading total to 77 Ks.

"You've got a guy [Davis] who has 12 home runs, two in the last week, against a guy who doesn't play that often," Geren said. "If you can face the next guy, you do it."

Oakland's Orlando Cabrera scored from third in the third inning as Jason Giambi grounded into a double play to make it 4-2. Michael Young's sacrifice fly in the fourth stretched Texas' lead to 5-2.

Gonzalez, making his second start of the season, gave up five runs and eight hits in five-plus innings, striking out four and walking three.

Notes

  • Texas was 31-17 after 48 games in 1998 for the best start in club history.
  • The first game was the makeup of an April 29 rainout.
  • The A's have been swept in each of their last four doubleheaders.
 
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Dominating? No, but Scott Feldman improves to 4-0 with a solid effort against the Athletics. (AP)
Dominating? No, but Scott Feldman improves to 4-0 with a solid effort against the Athletics. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

T. Teagarden
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Oakland

O. Cabrera
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Oakland Athletics
Orlando Cabrera, SS4120000 .240
Adam Kennedy, 2B4000002 .387
Matt Holliday, LF1100300 .269
Jason Giambi, DH3010001 .211
Ryan Sweeney, RF2011200 .250
Bobby Crosby, 1B4000025 .209
Landon Powell, C4000010 .190
Jack Hannahan, 3B3010000 .207
Rajai Davis, CF3000001 .150
Totals2825153  
Batting
2B - Orlando Cabrera (5, Feldman), Ryan Sweeney (8, Feldman)
RBI - Ryan Sweeney (15)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Sweeney (4)
SB - Matt Holliday (3, 3rd base off J. Jennings/Teagarden)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Edgar Gonzalez (1, Throwing)
Oakland Athletics
Edgar Gonzalez (L,0-1) 5855340 5.40
Kevin Cameron 1.2000010 1.72
Craig Breslow 1000000 5.12
Brad Ziegler 0.1000000 3.92
IBB - Davis by Edgar Gonzalez
Pitches-Strikes - Edgar Gonzalez 97-62, Kevin Cameron 20-13, Craig Breslow 9-7, Brad Ziegler 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edgar Gonzalez 2-9, Kevin Cameron 1-3, Craig Breslow 2-1
Batters Faced - Edgar Gonzalez 26, Kevin Cameron 5, Craig Breslow 3, Brad Ziegler 1
Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B3100102 .275
Michael Young, 3B3001012 .323
Josh Hamilton, CF4111011 .235
Nelson Cruz, RF4110010 .297
Hank Blalock, DH4111000 .245
David Murphy, LF4020002 .233
Chris Davis, 1B3000122 .194
Taylor Teagarden, C3122100 .256
Omar Vizquel, SS3010002 .340
Totals3158535  
Batting
2B - Josh Hamilton (5, E. Gonzalez), Hank Blalock (10, E. Gonzalez)
SF - Michael Young (1)
RBI - Michael Young (19), Josh Hamilton (22), Hank Blalock (26), Taylor Teagarden 2 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Taylor Teagarden 2 (2)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Feldman-Vizquel-Davis, Davis-Vizquel, Vizquel-Davis, Young-Kinsler-Davis
E - Taylor Teagarden (2, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
Scott Feldman (W,4-0) 6522320 3.91
Jason Jennings (H,4) 2000110 3.52
C.J. Wilson (S,4) 1000100 3.05
HBP - Giambi (by Scott Feldman)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Feldman 104-60, Jason Jennings 29-16, C.J. Wilson 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 9-4, Jason Jennings 4-1, C.J. Wilson 2-0
Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 24, Jason Jennings 7, C.J. Wilson 3
Game Information
Attendance - 30496
Game Time - 2:37
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Mike Muchlinski