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May 06, 2013

Cubs 9, Rangers 2 (F)

CHICAGO -- Nick Tepesch allowed six runs in four innings, and former Rangers pitcher Scott Feldman tossed seven scoreless innings and had an RBI single as the Cubs beat the Rangers 9-1 on Monday night at Wrigley Field as they made up a postponed game from April 17.

Feldman's single plated the first of five two-out runs in fourth inning against Tepesch, who allowed 11 runs in his past two starts. The right-hander had intentionally walked Darwin Barney to get to Feldman, who fell behind in the count 0-2 before singling four pitches later.

After Tepesch (2-3) walked the next batter, David DeJesus, after again getting ahead 0-2, Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo followed with two-run singles.

Tepesch's inability to put away hitters, including the Cubs' light-hitting starting pitcher, caused his pitch count to soar to 89 after four innings in what became the worst start of his brief career.

Feldman, meanwhile, was coming off one of the best starts of his career and turned in another. He allowed only two two-out singles and a two-out walk before having to leave with a blister as he started the eighth inning.

The Cubs added three more runs against the Rangers' bullpen, two of which came on an Anthony Rizzo homer off Derek Lowe in the ninth.

The Rangers scored twice in the ninth. Elvis Andrus doubled and scored on a throwing error that allowed Adrian Beltre to reach, and Beltre came around on a Geovany Soto single with two outs.

-- Jeff Wilson

 

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