Feldman loses Orioles' home debut to Rangers

Feldman loses Orioles' home debut to Rangers
July 8, 2013, 11:15 pm
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BALTIMORE — Scott Feldman won all three games he pitched for the Texas Rangers at Oriole Park. Unfortunately for Feldman, he had to pitch against the Rangers on Monday night.

Last week, the Orioles acquired Feldman from the Chicago Cubs, and in his first start against the White Sox, he pitched six creditable innings without getting a decision.

His home debut as an Oriole was not one he’d like to remember. Allowing seven runs, Feldman was the loser as Texas beat the Orioles 8-5 before 24,619.

“I wasn’t too good. Got an early lead there and wasn’t able to hold it down. Then to see us come right back after that big inning and get a couple more, that stings a little bit to have a big inning like that and let them get all those runs across,” Feldman said. Feldman’s world came apart in the sixth when Texas scored six runs. A.J. Pierzynski’s double scored the tying run, and Feldman left after Elvis Andrus’ RBI single made it 4-3.

Troy Patton allowed a run-scoring single to Engel Beltre, and a three-run double to Ian Kinsler.

Seven runs were charged to Feldman (0-1) in 5 1/3 innings. He allowed nine hits, walked one and struck out two.

“That sixth inning was a rough one. Made some decent pitches, just seemed like everything they were hitting that inning kind of was like in a great spot,” Feldman said.

It was the second time Wieters had worked with Feldman.

“He threw the ball all right. I think he threw the ball better than the results ended up. He had a few balls where he made some good pitches and they were just able to get enough wood on it to get it over the infiedler’s head or find a hole. But he battled out of a jam early in the game. Then the sixth, he just couldn’t quite get that ball to go at somebody,” Wieters said.   As a meticulous preparer, Wieters said it hasn’t been difficult getting to know Feldman’s work.

“We’ll get more and more comfortable each start but at the same time he’s a veteran pitcher and knows what he wants to do,” Wieters said.

Offensively, the Orioles didn’t help their new pitcher out. After scoring just 16 runs in their six-game road trip, they scored five. It was the 13th time this season they’ve scored five or more and lost. The Orioles left 10 on and were just 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

“We took back the lead, and then they came back. That's a great lineup over there. Their athleticism is arguably the best in the league, and they make things happen with their legs. They see pitches and they can run. They can rake. Back-to-back-to-back hits kind of put us in a bad situation,” Jones said.

In the bottom of the first, Manny Machado and Adam Jones singled with one out off Derek Holland. Chris Davis and Matt Wieters struck out to leave them on. Texas (52-37) scored in the top of the third. Andrus led off with a single. He moved to third on two infield outs and scored on Kinsler’s single.

Nick Markakis and Manny Machado led off with singles in the third, but Jones popped out, Davis and Wieters struck out, and Holland was out of another inning.

“We didn't get hits with runners in scoring position, OK, that's the negative. I look at the positive, we created the opportunity. We created 12 scenarios to get a hit. I'll take that,” Jones said.

Texas took a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth on a single by Nelson Cruz, a double by Adrian Beltre.

The Orioles (49-41) scored three runs off Holland in the bottom of the fourth. J.J. Hardy walked. Nate McLouth doubled, and with runners on second and third, Brian Roberts grounded to first, but Mitch Moreland’s throw was wild and both runners scored on the error. Alexi Casilla’s bunt moved Roberts to third, and with two outs, Machado’s third single of the game, drove in Roberts, and Baltimore led 3-2.

Wieters hit a two-run home run, his 11th off Holland in the seventh to cut the Rangers’ lead to 8-5.

Holland (6-5), who threw 125 pitches, was charged with five runs, three earned, on 10 hits in 6 2/3. He walked three and struck out seven.

Joe Nathan worked the ninth for his 30th save.

NOTES: Zach Britton (2-2, 4.03) will face Martin Perez (2-1, 1.85) on Tuesday.

-Davis and Wieters both struck out four times. It was just the fourth time in club history that’s happened.

-Patton allowed just first earned run after 11 straight scoreless appearances. His last earned run came on June 7 at Tampa Bay.

-It was Machado’s 11th three-hit game and 35th multi-hit game.