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April 21, 2012

Wrapping up Rangers' first loss since April 11

The Rangers saw their eight-game winning streak come to an end Saturday night after losing Game 2 of a doubleheader 3-2. They had the tying run at second base two times in the ninth inning, but Elvis Andrus lined out to left field and Josh Hamilton was struck out by Jose Valverde to end it.

It was Hamilton's fourth strikeout of the game. He went 2 for 5 with a three-run homer in Game 1.

"I've gotten him before and he's gotten me before," Hamilton said. "It's not the first time I've struck out four times in a game, and it won't be the last. I think I figured out an adjustment to make tomorrow."

The Rangers have lost three games this year, all by one run. It took a doubleheader and Justin Verlander to cool off the hottest team in baseball to start the season.

"One thing you've got to understand, for sure, is winning a doubleheader is not that easy," manager Ron Washington said. "But I thought we fought, and we put ourselves in position to win it."

Neftali Feliz tossed the first complete game of his career but took the loss. The Rangers have scored four runs of support for him in his three starts this season. He said he got a little wild in the fourth inning, when Detroit scored all three of its runs.

He retired Austin Jackson for the first out of the fourth and the 10th straight to start the game, but then hit Brennan Boesch. Feliz struck out Miguel Cabrera for the second out, but the next five hitters reached on a walk, a single, a walk, a single and a walk.

"I lost my control a little bit and just couldn't get it back," Feliz said of the 42-pitch fourth. He used only 77 pitches in the other seven innings. "I tried to regain my focus and keep my pitches low. That seemed to work out."

Michael Young went 2 for 3 and scored both runs. He was 2 for 5 in the first game, and will enter the final game of a nine-game road trip at 15 for 30.

-- Jeff Wilson


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