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June 28, 2012

Wrapping up Rangers' 7-6 victory over the Athletics

Scott Feldman didn’t execute as many pitches as he would have liked, giving up three solo home runs to Oakland on Thursday night. But he kept the Texas Rangers within striking distance, and he pitched long enough to get the win in a 7-6 victory.

Feldman picked up his second win of the season, allowing four runs on nine hits with one walk and three strikeouts over five-plus innings. He never panicked after the A’s took a 4-1 lead in the top of the third.

“Any time we get behind, it’s pretty easy to not get too worried because of the type of offense we have,” Feldman said. “They showed it again tonight.”

Yes, they did.

The offense showed their versatility going with a small-ball approach. They scored four runs in the fifth with only one ball leaving the infield. They drew seven walks on the night, and had only two extra-base hits.

“We can generate runs in a lot of different ways,” second baseman Ian Kinsler said. “We were able to generate runs in other ways tonight, stealing bases and taking the extra base whenever we could.”

Here are a few postgame notes from the game:

* Scott Feldman said he will make his next scheduled start on July 4 at Chicago. With an off day on Monday, the Rangers could have skipped that spot but won’t. Manager Ron Washington would like to give all of his starters an extra day of rest.

* Joe Nathan converted his 16th straight save, and has converted 18 of 19 this season. It wasn’t pretty, though. Nathan put runners on the corners with one out, but got out of the jam by striking out Seth Smith and grounding out Brandon Inge. “Both sides were battling, both teams were swinging the bat well and finding ways to put runs on the board,” Nathan said. “You had that feeling that there weren’t going to be any easy innings out there on the mound.”

* David Murphy came through in the clutch for a second consecutive night. He brought in the go-ahead runs in the fifth with a two-out, two-run single. He is batting .419 with 15 RBIs over his last 15 games.

* The game lasted 3 hours, 54 minutes. That’s the longest nine-inning game by the Rangers this season.

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