CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Pitcher Scott Feldman earned his seventh consecutive victory, and 16th of the season, while Marlon Byrd and Ivan Rodriguez each homered as the Texas Rangers routed the Cleveland Indians 10-0 Wednesday.
Right-hander Feldman went seven scoreless innings at Progressive Field on the way to his 12th road win of the 2009 campaign, a club record.
He gave up five hits and two walks while striking out five to help Texas complete a three-game sweep of the Indians within 24 hours.
“I’m not doing anything different on the road than I am at home,” Feldman told reporters after extending his win-loss record this season to 16-4. “The preparation is the same.
“This game can be humbling, so you try not to get too high or too low. I just go out and pitch and hope we keep playing good baseball, keep this going and keep playing into October.”
The commanding win by the Rangers keeps them right on the heels of the Red Sox for the American League’s wild-card berth into the playoffs, Boston having started the day two games up.
Boston were hosting the Baltimore Orioles later on Wednesday.
The Rangers staked Feldman to a 5-0 lead in the first inning after Byrd hit a three-run home run and Rodriguez added a two-run homer to knock Indians starter Fausto Carmona out of the game.
Feldman went on to win his eighth consecutive road start, also a club record, to earn generous accolades from his team mates.
“When you have your ace on the mound, you expect to win,” outfielder Byrd said. “You get a couple of runs early and you feel you have a ‘W’ in hand.
“He has been unbelievable this year when he steps on the mound. He started the season in the bullpen and now he has 16 wins. He just keeps getting better.”
Catcher Rodriguez added: “He’s good, man. I think I’ve caught him three times since I’ve been here. He keeps the ball down, uses his breaking ball and changeup and throws everything in the strike zone. He’s doing a great job.”
The three-game sweep was the first by Texas in Cleveland since May 1992.
Writing by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Alison Wildey