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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.
"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.
|The Rangers' Scott Feldman throws eight shutout innings to win his fifth consecutive decision. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Chicago White Sox|
|Gordon Beckham, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.230|
|Kevin Youkilis, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.245|
|Adam Dunn, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.215|
|Paul Konerko, DH||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.330|
|Alex Rios, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.310|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.269|
|Dayan Viciedo, LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.258|
|Tyler Flowers, C||3||0||1||0||0||2||0||.182|
|Jordan Danks, CF||3||0||2||0||0||0||1||.314|
|2B - Alex Rios (25, Feldman)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|E - Alexei Ramirez (8, Misplayed grounder)|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Gavin Floyd (L,8-9)||6.2||7||2||1||5||1||0||4.28|
|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|
|Ian Kinsler, 2B||5||0||1||0||0||0||3||.273|
|Elvis Andrus, SS||3||0||1||0||2||1||3||.292|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||5||0||0||0||0||0||8||.312|
|Nelson Cruz, RF||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.262|
|Josh Hamilton, DH||2||1||0||0||2||0||1||.282|
|Michael Young, 1B||3||0||0||1||1||1||4||.268|
|David Murphy, LF||4||0||3||0||0||0||1||.289|
|Mike Napoli, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.227|
|Craig Gentry, CF||2||0||1||0||0||0||2||.331|
|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|
|DP - Kinsler-Andrus-Young|
|Scott Feldman (W,5-6)||8||7||0||0||0||5||0||4.76|
|Joe Nathan (S,21)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||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|
|Attendance - 46744|
|Game Time - 2:38|
|Temperature - 104|
|Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Joe West|