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Feldman stays a hit on road

Ranger gets 15th win, is 11-1 away from home

The Rangers’ Nelson Cruz (right), who hit his 31st home run, celebrates with Chris Davis after Texas beat the Orioles for its fourth straight win. The Rangers’ Nelson Cruz (right), who hit his 31st home run, celebrates with Chris Davis after Texas beat the Orioles for its fourth straight win. (Gail Burton/Associated Press)
Associated Press / September 5, 2009

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Scott Feldman matched the Texas club record for road wins in a season, earning No. 11 with a dominant performance that carried the Rangers past the Baltimore Orioles, 5-1, last night.

Feldman (15-4) gave up one run and four hits in 6 2/3 innings to improve to 11-1 on the road. The only other Texas pitchers to win as many away games in one season were Rick Helling (1998) and Vicente Padilla (2008). Feldman also matched Bobby Witt’s team record of seven straight road victories, set in 1990.

Nelson Cruz hit his 31st home run for the Rangers, who have won four straight. Texas stayed 3 1/2 games behind the Angels in the AL West and moved two games behind the Red Sox for the wild card.

The Rangers are 18 games over .500 (76-58) for the first time since Sept. 25, 2004 (86-68). Texas played without slugger Josh Hamilton, who did not make the trip after having a bad reaction to a shot for a pinched nerve in his back.

Baltimore was helpless against Feldman, now 6-0 in his last seven starts. Seeking a third straight scoreless outing, the righthander didn’t allow a runner to reach second until the sixth, when he walked two successive batters before Brian Roberts hit a two-out RBI single.

After a single and an error put runners at the corners with two outs in the seventh, Feldman was replaced by rookie Neftali Feliz, who struck out pinch-hitter Ty Wigginton. Feliz retired all seven batters he faced for his second save.

Blue Jays 6, Yankees 0 - Roy Halladay pitched a one-hitter to snap a three-start losing streak and host Toronto ended New York’s seven-game winning streak.

Aaron Hill doubled twice and had two RBIs and Adam Lind had three hits for the Blue Jays.

Halladay had matched a career high by losing three straight coming in but was sharp from the get-go, retiring his first 14 batters before walking Jorge Posada on a 3-2 pitch in the fifth.

Shortstop Ramiro Pena broke up Halladay’s no-hit bid in the sixth with a one-out double to right. Johnny Damon popped out before walks to Eric Hinske and Mark Teixeira loaded the bases for Alex Rodriguez, who struck out looking. That was the first of 10 straight outs by Halladay to close out the win.

New York starter Joba Chamberlain (8-5) allowed three runs and six hits in three innings and has not won in five starts. He threw 59 pitches, walked two, and struck out two.

Tigers 4, Rays 3 - Justin Verlander picked up his 16th win of the season, Adam Everett hit a tiebreaking RBI single during a three-run ninth, and AL Central-leading Detroit beat host Tampa Bay.

Verlander (16-7) tied Yankees lefthander CC Sabathia for the AL lead in victories after allowing one run and four hits over eight innings.

Marlins 9, Nationals 6 - John Baker homered and matched a career high with four RBIs, Jorge Cantu also connected, and visiting Florida beat Washington, dealing the Nationals their seventh consecutive loss and officially eliminating them from postseason contention.

Cardinals 14, Pirates 7 - Ryan Ludwick homered twice, Adam Wainwright became the majors’ first 17-game winner, and visiting St. Louis won for the 10th time in 12 games by handing Pittsburgh its eighth straight loss.

Rockies 5, Diamondbacks 4 - At Denver, Jason Giambi delivered a pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth to lift Colorado over Arizona and keep the Rockies a game ahead of San Francisco in the NL wild-card race.

Giants 3, Brewers 2 - Bengie Molina homered on the first pitch of the eighth inning to rally San Francisco over host Milwaukee, which lost even though Jeff Suppan took a no-hitter into the fifth.

Padres 2, Dodgers 0 - Rookie Wade LeBlanc pitched two-hit ball over six innings, and San Diego scratched out a pair of early runs to win in Los Angeles.

Astros 7, Phillies 0 - Wandy Rodriguez (13-9) struck out seven in seven innings and drove in two runs to lead host Houston over Philadelphia. Cliff Lee (5-2) lost his second straight start for the Phillies.

Angels 2, Royals 1 - Jered Weaver (14-5) allowed one run over seven innings and Vladimir Guerrero hit a two-run single in the eighth inning to lift visiting Los Angeles.

Mariners 6, Athletics 3 - Jose Lopez homered, Ichiro Suzuki had two hits to move within four of 2,000 for his career, and visiting Seattle got past Oakland.

Mets 6, Cubs 2 - Cory Sullivan homered and made a diving catch in left and Bobby Parnell pitched seven shutout innings in New York’s home win.

Indians 5, Twins 2 - Jeremy Sowers pitched six strong innings and rookie Michael Brantley had two hits and his first career RBI to lift host Cleveland.

Reds 3, Braves 1 - Bronson Arroyo (12-12) gave up one run in seven innings and visiting Cincinnati beat Atlanta for its fifth straight win.

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