HOUSTON -- Rangers manager Ron Washington said he had a heart-to-heart talk with pitcher Neftali Feliz during Friday's start against the Astros. They talked during the top of the fifth inning before Feliz was pulled out of the game.
"It was a message that's going to resonate for a while," Washington said. "I wanted him to understand there are guys here depending on him. When things aren't going right, you have to find a way. He was trying hard."
Feliz took a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth but walked two and was pulled with two outs. Reliever Robbie Ross ended up getting the victory.
"Neftali was trying to do everything he could, he just couldn't get there," Washington said. "He wanted to ... you could see it in his eyes. You could tell he wasn't upset and wasn't happy."