The report manager Ron Washington received Wednesday afternoon was that Neftali Feliz would be ready to go later that night. Pitching coach Mike Maddux delivered the message directly from Feliz, who only a night earlier had pitched two innings and thrown 35 pitches. So, when the ninth inning rolled around Wednesday night with the Rangers in a save situation, Feliz was brought in from the bullpen to close out a series sweep of Houston. Four hits, four runs and a blown save later, the Astros were the ones exiting Rangers Ballpark with a victory. Feliz and Washington, though, weren't doing any second-guessing. Feliz got only two outs as the Astros charged back from a two-run deficit and avoided a three-game sweep with a 5-3 victory at Rangers Ballpark. The Lone Star Series will resume Tuesday at Minute Maid Park. "Right guy, right spot, didn't get it done," Washington said. "We're not going to sit here and make excuses. He was still 95, 96 mph. He just put the ball in some wrong spots, and they hit the ball hard." Colby Lewis pitched with stiffness in his neck over seven scoreless innings, and Michael Young had just delivered an RBI double in the eighth for a 3-1 lead to cancel out a run the Astros had scored in the top of the inning. Carlos Lee, though, started the ninth with a double over third base and scored one out later on a double down the left-field line by Chris Johnson.
Astros tee off on Feliz in 9th to beat Rangers
Fort Worth Star-Telegram | Jun 23