ARLINGTON -- Since Scott Feldman tossed eight scoreless innings in a win over the White Sox last Sunday, the Rangers' bullpen has had to carry a bigger load.
Relievers tossed six innings combined in losses to the Angels on Monday and Tuesday before having to throw five in Wednesday's 11-10, 10-inning victory. Yu Darvish was forced out of the game after just five innings. With the Rangers trailing, 7-1, Alexi Ogando, Robbie Ross and Tanner Scheppers combined to throw four shutout innings before Joe Nathan gave up a pair of home runs in the 10th inning.
"Joe's unreal," Ross said. "Obviously he hadn't done that in a while, but it happens. It's baseball. He's consistent. He might have gotten hit around like that, but we still ended up winning the game. He kept us there. He could have gone out there and given up four runs. Instead, he gives up three and we end up winning."
Roy Oswalt, who was moved to the bullpen after the team acquired Ryan Dempster, will be available as a reliever. Everyone else in the bullpen except Mike Adams, who has not pitched in more than a week, has pitched in the last three days. Four pitchers, including Ross, who held the Angels scoreless over 1 2/3 innings Wednesday, have had multiple outings over that stretch.
"It extends the bullpen," manager Ron Washington said of Ross' outing Wednesday. "You don't have to bring a guy in as a matchup because he can get both sides. It does extend the bullpen. If you could put the perfect bullpen together, you'd like to have multi-inning guys down there. In 1 2/3 innings, we could have burned three guys."