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Kinsler's leadoff homer helps Rangers take first of two

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Aaron Hill fell to the ground in the batter's box, his eyes wide after a 97 mph fastball whizzed by his head. What was really unfair was the pitch Rangers rookie Neftali Feliz threw next.

Feliz snapped off a 79 mph breaking ball, freezing Hill for a called third strike and capping his latest impressive appearance in Texas' 5-2 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday.

  Game 2: Rangers 5, Blue Jays 2

After Dustin Nippert (5-2) allowed two runs over six innings, Feliz struck out four in two perfect innings. Three of the punchouts were called third strikes with off-speed pitches.

"It's unbelievable. I was sitting on the training room table watching it," Nippert said. "It's unreal, his stuff. I've never seen anything like it. It's a lot of fun to watch."

Unless you're trying to hit against him.

"He's real good. Very impressive," Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said.

Feliz has 26 strikeouts and one walk in 11 appearances spanning 19 2/3 innings since being promoted to the majors Aug. 2. The 21-year-old right-hander had a major league-best 0.51 ERA in August before lowering his career mark to 0.46 on the first day of September.

"As long as he's throwing that secondary stuff over the plate, they just can't sit on [the fastball]," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "That's what's important."

Frank Francisco worked the ninth for his 20th save in 23 chances.

Ian Kinsler got Texas started with a leadoff home run. Chris Davis, who had three hits, singled home two runs with a grounder in the fourth that slipped under the glove of first baseman Lyle Overbay, who appeared miffed that he didn't make the play with his backhand stab. That broke a 1-1 tie and put Texas ahead to stay.

Nippert has won all three of his home starts this season. The right-hander's other two starts at Rangers Ballpark came against Boston, which began the day four games ahead of Texas in the AL wild-card race.

Kinsler's seventh leadoff homer this season and 12th of his career, both Rangers records, came on the third pitch from rookie left-hander Marc Rzepczynski (2-4).

Rzepczynski struck out a career-high nine in six innings, but also allowed eight hits.

"I pitched OK. It wasn't great at times. They hit a couple balls through holes," Rzepczynski said. "I struggled a little bit the first few innings to find my command."

Nelson Cruz walked with one out in the fourth before Ivan Rodriguez doubled high off the 14-foot wall in left. Taylor Teagarden struck out before Davis drove both of them home.

Cruz lined a two-run single up the middle in the seventh.

Michael Young went 0 for 2 with two walks, ending his 18-game hitting streak, which had been the longest active streak in the majors. He had also hit in 23 consecutive games at Rangers Ballpark, tying the team mark Rodriguez set in 1995.

Adam Lind homered and scored both Toronto runs. That came a day after Lind hit two home runs and had a career-high eight RBI in an 18-10 victory in the series opener.

Lind's solo homer in the sixth, his 28th, pulled Toronto to 3-2.

The other Blue Jays run came in the fourth at the start of a sequence in which All-Star third baseman Young was involved in three consecutive plays, with varied results.

Lind, who reached on a one-out walk, scored when Young was charged with an error for misplaying a grounder by Vernon Wells. Rod Barajas then was credited with an infield single on a chopper that ricocheted off the glove of Young, who then went to his left for Jose Bautista's grounder to start an inning-ending double play.

Notes

  • Kinsler has 29 home runs and 28 stolen bases, just short of becoming the third second baseman in major league history to join the 30-30 club.
  • Blue Jays SS Marco Scutaro made two errors, the first time in 330 games he has committed multiple errors. He was charged with four on July 6, 2007. Scutaro had only four errors in his first 126 games this season.
 
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Ian Kinsler does it with his glove, as well as his bat in the Rangers win over the Blue Jays. (AP)
Ian Kinsler does it with his glove, as well as his bat in the Rangers win over the Blue Jays. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

C. Davis
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Toronto

A. Lind
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Toronto Blue Jays
Marco Scutaro, SS4000000 .290
Aaron Hill, 2B4010010 .285
Adam Lind, DH3221111 .306
Lyle Overbay, 1B4010012 .271
Vernon Wells, CF4001011 .252
Rod Barajas, C4010021 .244
Jose Bautista, RF3000011 .222
Travis Snider, LF3010020 .229
John McDonald, 3B3000001 .261
Totals3226219  
Batting
2B - Adam Lind (43, Francisco)
HR - Adam Lind (28, Nippert)
RBI - Adam Lind (90), Vernon Wells (55)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Scutaro-Hill-Overbay, Hill-Scutaro-Overbay, Hill-Scutaro-Overbay
E - John McDonald (3, Misplayed grounder), Marco Scutaro 2 (6, Missed catch of throw)
Toronto Blue Jays
Marc Rzepczynski (L,2-4) 6833291 3.67
Brandon League 1121210 5.37
Brian Wolfe 1100000 6.75
WP - Marc Rzepczynski (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Marc Rzepczynski 103-62, Brandon League 24-10, Brian Wolfe 7-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Marc Rzepczynski 6-2, Brandon League 2-0, Brian Wolfe 1-1
Batters Faced - Marc Rzepczynski 27, Brandon League 6, Brian Wolfe 3
Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B4121010 .254
Michael Young, 3B2100211 .324
Josh Hamilton, CF3100122 .266
Marlon Byrd, LF4000011 .275
Nelson Cruz, RF3122110 .268
Ivan Rodriguez, DH4120012 .258
Taylor Teagarden, C4000034 .201
Chris Davis, 1B4032001 .214
Elvis Andrus, SS4010004 .267
Totals325105410  
Batting
2B - Ivan Rodriguez (20, Rzepczynski)
HR - Ian Kinsler (29, Rzepczynski)
RBI - Ian Kinsler (78), Nelson Cruz 2 (67), Chris Davis 2 (40)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Davis 2 (14)
CS - Ian Kinsler (3, 3rd base by Rzepczynski/Barajas), Nelson Cruz (4, 2nd base by Rzepczynski/Barajas)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Young-Kinsler-Davis, Young-Kinsler-Davis
E - Michael Young (9, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
Dustin Nippert (W,5-2) 6522141 3.91
Neftali Feliz (H,8) 2000040 0.46
Frank Francisco (S,20) 1100010 3.46
Pitches-Strikes - Dustin Nippert 99-66, Neftali Feliz 27-20, Frank Francisco 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dustin Nippert 5-8, Frank Francisco 1-1
Batters Faced - Dustin Nippert 23, Neftali Feliz 6, Frank Francisco 4
Game Information
Attendance - 0
Game Time - 2:38
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Delfin Colon, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Bill Welke