White Sox’ 5-game winning streak snapped
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org July 29, 2012 10:52PM
This error by shortstop Alexei Ramirez allowed Josh Hamilton to score in the third inning. | Layne Murdoch~Getty Images
Updated: August 31, 2012 6:18AM
ARLINGTON, Texas — Expecting more from his hot lineup, White Sox manager Robin Ventura figured Scott Feldman’s early effectiveness had something to do with the twilight from the 6 p.m. start.
But Feldman kept stringing zeros together, and just like that, the Sox’ five-game winning streak was over.
“Even when it got dark, he was still keeping us off-balance,’’ Ventura said after Feldman pitched eight innings in the Rangers’ 2-0 victory Sunday. “Anytime we got anything going, he just found a way to get out of it. He got the pitch when he needed it.’’
The Sox (55-46), who averaged eight runs a game while batting .305 with 12 home runs during their streak that vaulted them back into first place in the American League Central, got two runners to second base against Feldman — who came in with a 4-6 record and 5.37 ERA.
“He was moving it a lot,’’ Ventura said. “He has a lot of sink, slider, curve. … He’s tough to pick up.’’
Sox starter Gavin Floyd (8-9) threw 64 strikes and 46 balls over his 110-pitch outing that lasted 62/3 innings in 100-plus-degree heat. It was the third straight start in which he has allowed two runs or fewer, but this one was far from a masterpiece.
Floyd walked five, hit a batter and allowed seven hits. He escaped bases-loaded jams in the first two innings and held the Rangers to 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
The Rangers scored on an error by shortstop Alexei Ramirez and a double clutch by first baseman Adam Dunn trying to get Nelson Cruz scoring from third on Michael Young’s tap in front of the mound.
“I couldn’t get it out of my glove,’’ Dunn said. “It also wasn’t one of my best throws.’’
Joe Nathan pitched the ninth as the Rangers (59-41) salvaged the third game of a three-game series.
“You can’t hang your head, taking two of three from one of the best teams, if not the best team, in the American League at home,’’ Dunn said. “We’re still playing very well.’’