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Rangers' Feldman stymies White Sox

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Even as the Rangers keep an eye on the trade market for starting pitching, Scott Feldman seems to be saying, "don't forget about me."

The Rangers' right-hander, mixing a sharp sinker and a good fastball, tied a career high by pitching eight shutout innings in helping the Rangers snap a two-game skid with a 2-0 victory against the White Sox on Sunday.

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David Murphy had three hits, including a double, and Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz each scored a run for the Rangers, who used some aggressive base running to earn a victory the day before the start of a four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels in a West Division showdown.

Feldman (5-6), who started the season 0-6, won his fifth consecutive decision, including four as a starter.

"The main adjustment I've made was to have a better attitude and not get caught up in the rumors and when I'm going to pitch and when I'm not going to pitch," said Feldman, who was miffed when he was taken out of the rotation in June.

"I'm just worrying about having a good time and keep things simple."

That has translated to a very good July.

In his past two starts he has allowed only one run in 15 innings with 10 strikeouts and no walks, compiling a 1.96 ERA in July.

Feldman, who retired eight of the last 10 batters he faced, gave up seven hits on Sunday and was efficient, throwing only 88 pitches in matching the eight innings he has thrown on two other occasions, the last being June 2, 2010, also against the White Sox in Chicago.

Joe Nathan pitched a scoreless ninth for his 21st save.

"He's got a good sinker and breaking ball working -- he's not hanging it -- keeping the ball down, executing his pitches extremely well and not making mistakes," Rangers manager Ron Washington said.

"He's got a crisp fastball, too."

Gavin Floyd (8-9), who was 4-1 with a 1.67 ERA in his previous five starts, allowed seven hits over 6 2/3 innings in taking the loss for the White Sox, who have a 1½ game lead on Detroit in the AL Central.

"You just have to go out there and keep the team in the game and hope that we come back and put runs up," said Floyd, who struck out one and walked five. "I got enough to focus on that I don't worry about that. Our team is going to score runs."

The White Sox left six runners on base and were 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position.

The Rangers weren't much better, continuing to struggle with runners in scoring position. They did manage to scratch across two runs after finishing the series 1 for 30 with runners in scoring position.

They left 13 runners on base Sunday.

"I look at it the other way," Washington said. "At least we're getting them there [in position]. We're too good a hitting team to [continue] to not get them home."

Hamilton returned to the lineup for the Rangers, but not in his customary No. 3 slot. Washington penciled him in at No. 5.

Hamilton is hitting .115 in his past 17 games after going 0 for 2 with two walks as the designated hitter.

He scored the Rangers' first run after reaching base on his second walk in the bottom half of the third.

He advanced to third on Murphy's single and scored when shortstop Alexei Ramirez bobbled and dropped Mike Napoli's grounder in what would have been the third out.

Nelson Cruz, who doubled to lead off the fifth, scored the Rangers' second run, breaking for home from third when Floyd fielded Michael Young's dribbler in front of the plate and threw to first.

"When you're not scoring runs, you have to take chances," Washington said. "You want that runner to come down the third-base line as far as he can, and then as a runner he has to make a decision. Either you go or you don't."

Jordan Danks was 2 for 3 for the White Sox.

Notes

  • Hamilton broke a string of consecutive games with a strikeout at seven.
  • Rangers starter Neftali Feliz was scratched from his scheduled rehabilitation start at Triple-A Round Rock because of discomfort in his right elbow, team officials said. The 24-year-old Feliz hasn't pitched in two months after being diagnosed with inflammation of the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. He will undergo further evaluation.
  • White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski sat out a fifth consecutive game with a strained oblique. Pierzynski said he could have played, but agreed with manager Robin Ventura's decision to give him an extra day off. He is expected back in the lineup for the start of a three-game series Monday against Minnesota.
 
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The Rangers' Scott Feldman throws eight shutout innings to win his fifth consecutive decision. (US Presswire)
The Rangers' Scott Feldman throws eight shutout innings to win his fifth consecutive decision. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Texas

D. Murphy
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Texas

S. Feldman
IP 8.0
H 7
ER 0
BB 0
K 5
 

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Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gordon Beckham, 2B4010000 .230
Kevin Youkilis, 3B4000003 .245
Adam Dunn, 1B4010012 .215
Paul Konerko, DH4000011 .330
Alex Rios, RF4010010 .310
Alexei Ramirez, SS4010011 .269
Dayan Viciedo, LF3000002 .258
Tyler Flowers, C3010020 .182
Jordan Danks, CF3020001 .314
Totals3307006  
Batting
2B - Alex Rios (25, Feldman)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Alexei Ramirez (8, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Gavin Floyd (L,8-9) 6.2721510 4.28
Leyson Septimo 0.1000000 4.32
Hector Santiago 1100010 3.66
HBP - Gentry (by Gavin Floyd), Gentry (by Hector Santiago)
Pitches-Strikes - Gavin Floyd 110-64, Leyson Septimo 3-2, Hector Santiago 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gavin Floyd 11-8, Hector Santiago 1-1
Batters Faced - Gavin Floyd 33, Leyson Septimo 1, Hector Santiago 5
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Kinsler, 2B5010003 .273
Elvis Andrus, SS3010213 .292
Adrian Beltre, 3B5000008 .312
Nelson Cruz, RF4120000 .262
Josh Hamilton, DH2100201 .282
Michael Young, 1B3001114 .268
David Murphy, LF4030001 .289
Mike Napoli, C4000001 .227
Craig Gentry, CF2010002 .331
Totals3228152  
Batting
2B - Nelson Cruz (26, Floyd), David Murphy (15, Floyd)
RBI - Michael Young (40)
SB - Ian Kinsler (19, 2nd base off Santiago/Flowers)
PK - Elvis Andrus (3, Floyd)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Kinsler-Andrus-Young
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Scott Feldman (W,5-6) 8700050 4.76
Joe Nathan (S,21) 1000010 2.18
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Feldman 88-63, Joe Nathan 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 12-6
Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 30, Joe Nathan 3
Game Information
Attendance - 46744
Game Time - 2:38
Temperature - 104
Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Joe West