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August 26, 2012

Wrapping up Rangers' 6-5 loss to Twins

Manager Ron Washington has no issues with Scott Feldman in the rotation even though he lost his fourth straight start Sunday afternoon.

Feldman gave up a single run in the first inning and then had to endure a 1 hour, 26 minute rain delay before giving up single runs in the second and third. Feldman then allowed two runs in the fifth and another run in the sixth, as the Twins jumped out to a 6-2 lead.

The Rangers battled back, pulling to within a run, but couldn't overcome the four-run deficit.

Feldman has allowed at least four runs in three of his past four starts, and has a 6.45 ERA over those four starts.

"I don't think I've varied off from anything I was doing before," said Feldman, who won six straight from June 19-Aug. 4. "Today I had some tough breaks, but everything feels good. Hopefully I can get back on a nice little run here.

"Today was a classic game where we just got beat."

Here are a few other postgame notes:

* The Rangers snapped a four-game winning streak, but have still won eight of their past 11.

* Josh Hamilton swatted his 35th home run of the season, a two-run shot in the sixth. He's the first Texas player with at least 35 home runs in a season since Mark Teixeira (43) and Alfonso Soriano (36) in 2005.

* Nelson Cruz had a solo shot in the sixth, his 20th of the year. It's the fourth consecutive season for Cruz to join the 20-homer club.

* Mitch Moreland went 2-for-4, and is now on a nine-game hitting streak. He batted in the two-hole for the first time this season.

* The Tampa Bay Rays announced that their probable starter for Wednesday will be right-hander Alex Cobb.

-- Drew Davison

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