ARLINGTON – Scott Feldman had his shortest outing in his past six starts, the offense couldn’t sustain a rally and the Texas Rangers fell 5-3 to the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday at Rangers Ballpark.
Feldman suffered his third consecutive loss, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits with one walk and four strikeouts over five innings.
With the game tied 1-1 going into the fifth, the Orioles broke loose for four runs off Feldman. Manny Machado had an RBI triple, J.J. Hardy had a run-scoring double and Nate McLouth sent a two-run homer over the right-field fence.
The Rangers, though, stayed within striking distance. In the seventh, Geovany Soto’s two-run homer off Orioles starter Chris Tillman made it a 5-3 game. They had a chance to do more damage later in the inning.
Josh Hamilton came up with two on and two out, but Orioles right-hander Pedro Strop struck him out swinging to end that threat.
Strop worked around a one-out walk in a scoreless eighth. Orioles closer Jim Johnson then retired the Rangers in order in the ninth to convert his 38th save.
Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler tied the game at 1-1 with a solo homer in the third.
-- Drew Davison