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Sixth inning hurts Scott Feldman's chances

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers right-handed starter Scott Feldman was at 68 pitches entering the sixth inning and was looking good in a close game. He got the first two batters he faced in the inning before throwing a fastball inside that jammed Andy Dirks.

Normally, that would be enough to end the inning. But Dirks hit it in the right spot just past the mound. Feldman attemped to dive for it, but didn't really have a chance.

"I was trying everything I had to get to it," Feldman said. "I probably dove for a ball I had no business diving for. I was trying to keep him off base and prevent those next two guys from coming up."

Dirks ended up at first base and the Tigers quickly turned the play into a scoring opportunity. Miguel Cabrera hit a 2-2 sinker to right field for a single that allowed Prince Fielder to come up with two on and two out. Fielder was 0-for-5 against Feldman in his career, including 0-for-2 before the plate appearance.

"I was mainly focusing on trying to execute my pitches," Feldman said. "With Prince in that big situation, I just didn't execute the pitch. I think it was the right pitch to throw, I just didn't throw it where I wanted to."

Feldman's changeup wasn't where he had hoped and Fielder hit it 382 feet out -- and it went out quickly -- to right field to turn a 2-1 game into a 4-2 Tigers lead. Detroit added another run off Robbie Ross in the inning and eventually got the 6-2 win.

"We had a lead there and I was trying everything I could to protect the lead," Feldman said. "I made a mistake to Fielder and he did some damage with it. One at-bat and you give up three runs. It can happen pretty quick.

"For the most part, I threw the ball pretty well. No pitcher wants to come out of the game. I hate to see those guys having to work out of the bullpen in the sixth inning. I want to get deeper into the game."

It was Feldman's first loss since June 14. He started the season 0-6 and then was 6-0 in his last six decisions prior to getting the loss Friday.