Rangers bash two homers to boost Feliz

Rangers bash two homers to boost Feliz

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Rangers, on a night when both starting pitchers struggled, handled the Indians their 10th straight loss with a 7-4 victory at Goodyear Ballpark on Saturday night.

Rangers starter Neftali Feliz still made it through five innings in his longest outing of the spring. He gave up three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four.

"I got caught up in the rhythm of the game, my pitching got more comfortable and I started locating my pitches," Feliz said. "I felt my left shoulder flying open too soon, and I was trying to keep that under control. But I'm ready. As long as I'm healthy, I'm ready to start the season."

Indians starter Justin Masterson, who is scheduled to pitch on Opening Day, had his second straight rough outing. He allowed six runs on seven hits, including two home runs, over 3 2/3 innings. He has allowed 11 runs in 9 2/3 innings in his past two starts and has a 9.00 ERA for the spring. Opponents are hitting .315 off him.

Ian Kinsler and Mitch Moreland both hit home runs off him. Moreland's fourth-inning home run, his third of the spring, hit the roof of the pavilion beyond the right-field wall.

Feliz gave up a leadoff home run in the first inning to Michael Brantley. He also gave up a hit and three walks in the second to force in a run before striking out Brantley and getting Asdrubal Cabrera on a popup to end the inning.

Feliz retired 11 of the last 13 batters he faced, although he gave up another home run, this one to Jason Kipnis in the fourth.

Rangers up next: The Rangers will close out their Cactus League schedule with Colby Lewis on the mound at 3:05 p.m. CT Sunday against the Padres in Surprise, Ariz. Josh Hamilton is not expected to play because of a tight left groin muscle. Lewis, who will start Opening Day for the Rangers, is 0-2 with a 6.55 ERA in three spring starts while making two other starts in Minor League games.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.