ARLINGTON, Texas -- After Texas Rangers starter Scott Feldman lost his fourth consecutive start, a 6-5 defeat to the Minnesota Twins on Sunday, manager Ron Washington was asked about Feldman's status in the rotation.
"We have no issues with Feldman in the rotation right now," Washington said.
Washington felt that the Twins found some holes and used their speed well to get the runs.
"Other than the triple (Ben) Revere hit and the single that (Joe) Mauer got, I thought they found holes," Washington said. "And we messed up some things in the third. That's a run that probably wouldn't have been on the board."
Feldman allowed six runs (five earned) on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings. But he didn't get much help from his defense.
A sloppy third inning helped the Twins break a 2-2 tie. Mitch Moreland made an errant off-balance throw on a soft bouncer past the mound to allow Revere to go to second. He got to third when the Rangers couldn't execute a rundown. Feldman did the right thing by running at the runner, but after making a throw to second, he was barely able to get out of Revere's way as he tried to go to third. Adrian Beltre received the throw, but the ball came out of his glove as he tried to apply the tag. Beltre was charged with the error and Revere was safe at third. He ended up scoring on a sacrifice fly by Justin Morneau to left field when Josh Hamilton caught the ball and then dropped it. He was given the out, but Revere was able to tag up easily.
Still, Feldman got out of the inning down 3-2 and was in position to keep it that way until the fifth. He gave up three straight hits to make it 4-2 and then got two outs. He stayed in to face Trevor Plouffe and gave up a single on a 2-2 pitch, allowing the fifth run to score.
"It was a frustrating game," Feldman said. "They had guys on base the whole time, whether it was well executed bunts or hitting them in the right spots. They got some hits with runners in scoring position also. It was one of those games where I made good pitches for the most part, but they had fast guys on base the whole time and they put up five runs. We didn't win the game and that's the frustrating thing about it."
Feldman has left with his team trailing in his last four starts and has lost all of them, giving up 16 runs in 22 1/3 innings (6.44 ERA). He hasn't had the success that he did during his six-game winning streak. His 1.96 ERA in July earned Rangers player of the month honors.
"Today I gave up five runs, which isn't very good, but the way I've been throwing the ball is the same," Feldman said. "All that stuff evens out and it's baseball and it's a long season. Everybody goes through their ups and downs and I'm on my way back up.
"Anytime you give up hits is frustrating. But a lot of times there was nothing I could do about it. They hit the pitch I wanted to throw where I threw it."
Feldman has been starting in most of his outings since mid-June and stayed in the rotation when Ryan Dempster was acquired, which sent Roy Oswalt to the bullpen. Oswalt has stepped in for two spot starts since then and has pitched well in limited innings (four earned runs in 10 innings). But as of now, the plan remains the same, which is that Feldman is in the rotation with Oswalt in the bullpen unless he's needed to step in and start because of injuries.