ARLINGTON -Scott Feldman gave the Texas Rangers a much-needed two-hit, six inning spot-start, the Texas bullpen was nearly flawless and Josh Hamilton reverted to his towering home run-hitting self as the Rangers topped the Tampa Bay Rays 2-0 on Tuesday.
Feldman (1-0) gave up just two hits, walked one and struck out four in place of Matt Harrison.
Both teams had just two hits through five innings, as Feldman and Tampa Bay's Jeremy Hellickson looked solid early.
Texas (77-59) had its first chance in the fourth, when Hellickson loaded the bases with a double by Hamilton, an intentional walk of David Murphy and walk to Yorvit Torrealba. But Mitch Moreland couldn't convert for Texas as Hellickson forced a fly ball to right to end the inning.
Hamilton gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead in the sixth with a leadoff blast to the upper deck porch in right and Michael Young followed with a double to the right field corner.
David Murphy brought Young home with a single to left to add to Texas' lead.
Mark Lowe and Darren Oliver combined for a hitless seventh, Mike Adams pitched a 1-2-3 eighth and Neftali Feliz picked up his 26th save of the season, even after allowing the first two runners to reach in the ninth.
- Matthew Reagan