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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Scott Feldman earned high praise from Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon.
Feldman (13-4) is the first Texas pitcher with victories in five consecutive starts away from home since Rick Helling accomplished the feat in 1998. Feldman, 9-1 this season on the road, yielded four hits in seven scoreless innings.
Maddon said Feldman's stuff actually "was better" than Mark Buehrle's when the Chicago White Sox left-hander threw a perfect game against Tampa Bay on July 23.
"He was pretty much a complete package today," Maddon said.
Young extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a two-run single in the third that put Texas ahead 2-0.
Rodriguez made it 3-0 with a fourth-inning RBI double and hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth. He has driven in 62 runs in 77 career games against the Rays.
Tampa Bay's David Price (6-6) surrendered three runs and three hits in seven innings. The left-hander had won five starts in a row at home.
"It's good on paper, but it's not good enough," Price said. "Feldman threw well. He kept us off balance for seven innings."
Feldman struck out a career-high 11 and walked two. Texas pitchers finished with 15 strikeouts.
"We needed a well-pitched game, and we shut out a pretty good team," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "I just think it showed the character and the resiliency in that clubhouse."
Feldman worked out of jams in the second and seventh innings when the Rays had two on with one out.
"We mixed it up really good," Feldman said. "Pudge [Rodriguez] is probably the best catcher of all time and he's got a really good idea about what he's doing back there. He showed a lot of confidence in me and my off-speed pitches. That made a big difference facing those guys."
Feldman's 11 strikeouts were the most by a Texas pitcher since Matt Perisho had 12 on Oct. 3, 1999, against the Los Angeles Angels.
"He threw all his pitches for strikes when he needed to," Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria said. "He was tough."
The Rays completed a nine-game homestand with a 6-3 record. They won two of three from Texas despite going 1 for 25 with runners in scoring position.
"That's incredible," Maddon said. "Their pitching is that good."
Tampa Bay is 42-21 at home this season.
|Scott Feldman improves to 13-4 by striking out 11 and allowing no runs in seven innings. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Ian Kinsler, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.245|
|Michael Young, 3B||4||0||1||2||0||0||0||.329|
|Marlon Byrd, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.283|
|Andruw Jones, DH||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.217|
|Julio Borbon, PR-DH||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.432|
|Josh Hamilton, CF||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.261|
|Nelson Cruz, RF||2||1||1||0||2||0||0||.266|
|Hank Blalock, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.238|
|Ivan Rodriguez, C||2||1||1||2||1||0||0||.258|
|Elvis Andrus, SS||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.265|
|2B - Ian Kinsler (22, Price), Ivan Rodriguez (17, Price)|
|SF - Ivan Rodriguez (3)|
|RBI - Michael Young 2 (63), Ivan Rodriguez 2 (37)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ivan Rodriguez (13)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|E - Scott Feldman (4, Throwing)|
|Scott Feldman (W,13-4)||7||4||0||0||2||11||0||3.87|
|Darren O'Day (H,17)||1||0||0||0||0||3||0||1.75|
|Pitches-Strikes - Scott Feldman 113-69, Darren O'Day 14-10, Frank Francisco 14-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 8-2, Frank Francisco 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 27, Darren O'Day 3, Frank Francisco 4|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Jason Bartlett, SS||4||0||0||0||0||3||0||.340|
|Carl Crawford, LF||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.317|
|Evan Longoria, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.273|
|Ben Zobrist, 2B-RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.288|
|Carlos Pena, 1B||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||.220|
|Pat Burrell, DH||3||0||2||0||1||1||1||.235|
|Gregg Zaun, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.250|
|B.J. Upton, CF||3||0||0||0||0||2||5||.236|
|Gabe Kapler, RF||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.236|
|a- Willy Aybar, PH-2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.262|
|a-grounded out for Kapler in the 7th|
|2B - Pat Burrell (13, Francisco)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|David Price (L,6-6)||7||3||3||3||3||4||0||4.93|
|Pitches-Strikes - David Price 114-72, Chad Bradford 12-10, Brian Shouse 1-1, Russ Springer 16-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Price 6-11, Chad Bradford 1-1|
|Batters Faced - David Price 27, Chad Bradford 4, Brian Shouse 1, Russ Springer 4|
|Attendance - 29101|
|Game Time - 2:51|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Jerry Layne|