Martinez, Feliz make their mark in Rangers' comeback win
Starter sets club record for lowest April ERA; Closer pitches two innings for win
ANAHEIM -- Nick Martinez threw six scoreless innings on Sunday and set a new club record for lowest ERA for the month of April. After four starts, Martinez has a 0.35 and his next start won't be until be until May.
He just didn't come away with a victory. Martinez was done when the Rangers finally put this one away with a 5-4 victory in 11 innings. It's still the third time in four starts that Martinez did not allow an earned run.
"Tremendous job by Nick," manager Jeff Banister said. "He pitched well enough today. Threw strikes, got quick outs. Tremendous month for him."
Neftali Feliz earned the victory by doing something the Rangers don't like asking him to do. He pitched two innings and retired six batters.
"It was a tough situation, it wasn't how we drew it up," Banister said. "But he hadn't been in a game for a few days. He was well-rested. It's not ultimately how you'd like to do it."
Feliz was pitching for the first time since last Sunday in Seattle. That was when the Rangers asked him to get a five-out save and he couldn't finish the job in an 11-10 loss to the Mariners.
This time he entered the game with the scored tied in the 10th. He struck out Collin Cowgill, walked Chris Iannetta, struck out Johnny Giavotella and retired Kole Calhoun on a grounder to first.
The Rangers went ahead in the top of the 11th when Leonys Martin hit a leadoff home run against Angels reliever Jose Alvarez. The Rangers added an extra run when Adam Rosales walked with two outs, went to third on Mitch Moreland's single and scored when Angels shortstop Erick Aybar fumbled Elvis Andrus' grounder for an error.
The Rangers were already planning to send Feliz out for the 11th.
"I said I was fine and they said I had the next inning," Feliz said. "I tried to come into the game, compete and win the game."
Feliz struck out Mike Trout. Albert Pujols doubled and David Freese -- Feliz's old nemesis from the 2011 World Series -- flied out to right field. Aybar's single brought home Pujols, but Grant Green struck out to end the game.