Scott Feldman's performance was worthy of a standing ovation Monday night.

But when the right-hander came to the plate in the fifth inning of the Cubs' 9-2 victory over the Rangers, the roar from the Wrigley Field crowd was in response to the Bulls' upset win over the Heat in Game 1 of the NBA playoffs.

"I thought I was getting a standing (ovation)," Feldman said with a laugh. "I came in the clubhouse and Otis (Hellmann, the clubhouse manager) had to burst my bubble. He said it was because the Bulls won. I thought it was because I was raking or something."

Indeed, Feldman had been raking, delivering a key RBI single in the Cubs' five-run fourth inning.

"I was looking to see the ball and put a good swing on it," Feldman said.

On the mound, Feldman (3-3) threw seven innings of shutout ball, allowing just two hits. He left the game after warming up for the eighth inning because of a cramp in his right hand.

"I didn't feel a thing until my last warmup pitch for the eighth," Feldman said.

The Cubs rang up their highest run total of the season and won by their largest margin.

Manager Dale Sveum had worried before the game that Feldman might be overly excited to face his former team.

But the moment was not too big for Feldman, who helped the Cubs snap a four-game losing streak in the makeup of an April 17 rainout.

"He was really, really good again," Sveum said. "That's really encouraging to see. That's three or four really good outings in a row. Especially (the last) two. That cutter … he's got the feel for that thing right now. That's impressive, especially to go along with that two-seamer.