Feldman struggles early, settles down

ARLINGTON -- Rangers starter Scott Feldman struggled in the first inning, allowing four runs but settled down in the next few innings.

However, his club is in a 5-3 hole as its 10-game winning streak is in jeopardy.

The first inning started with a Jose Tabata single and after a stolen base and a walk to Andrew McCutchen surrounding a strikeout, Garrett Jones single to right to drive in the first run.

Ryan Church struck out, but Feldman struggled against left handed hitter Pedro Alvarez, who doubled down the left field line.

Josh Hamilton, back in the lineup after missing Wednesday's game with a tight hamstring, had trouble fielding the ball down the line. The ball got stuck under some padding in left which haulted Hamilton from getting to the ball.

The double drove in two runs. But it wasn't over.

Ryan Doumit stroke a RBI single to right and the Pirates led, 4-0.

After that first Feldman settled himself, while he didn't have a 1-2-3 inning, he was able to get to the seventh inning, trailing, 5-3.

For the night, Feldman lasted six innings, he pitched to Jose Tabata in the seventh, allowing five earned runs on 12 hits with one walk, and seven strikeouts. His two-game win streak most likely will come to an end. The last time Feldman lost was June 7 vs. Seattle where he lasted 5 2/3 innings.