MILWAUKEE (TSN-WSAU) Justin Smoak hit a two-run double and Josh Hamilton blasted a solo home run, as the Texas Rangers held on to beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 4-3, in the middle portion of a three-game interleague series at Miller Park.
Texas closer Neftali Feliz was called on to protect a three-run lead in the bottom of the ninth, but Milwaukee loaded the bases with one out. Rickie Weeks lined an RBI single to right, trimming the Brewers' deficit to 4-2, before Chris Ray replaced Feliz on the mound.
Corey Hart plated a run on a fielder's choice, but Prince Fielder flied out to end the game.
Scott Feldman (4-6) navigated his way through six scoreless innings for Texas. The right-hander scattered four hits and walked three while recording six strikeouts.
Ian Kinsler had two hits and scored twice for the Rangers, who have won four of their last five games.
Milwaukee starter Manny Parra (1-4) gave up three runs on five hits with three walks and eight strikeouts over six full frames to absorb the loss.
Texas plated a pair in the first inning. Michael Young and Kinsler each stroked one-out singles. After Hamilton was called out on strikes, Smoak ripped a double down the left-field line to give the visitors the early lead.
The Brewers had two on to start the bottom of the first after Feldman hit Weeks with a pitch and walked Hart. Weeks advanced to third on a fielder's choice, but Ryan Braun grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Feldman escaped another jam in the second. A two-out walk to Parra loaded the bases, but Texas' Opening Day starter retired Weeks on a ground ball to second.
The Brewers had a runner on third with one out in the fourth and failed to score. Milwaukee had another man in scoring position in the next inning when Weeks led off with a double. However, the speedy second baseman was thrown out attempting to pilfer third.
Hamilton homered to center field to give Texas a 3-0 lead in the sixth. Parra had retired 11 batters in a row prior to the blast from Hamilton.
David Murphy grounded a single up the middle to score Kinsler in the eighth.
Braun doubled home Weeks in the bottom of the inning.
The Brewers and Rangers conclude their series at 12:35pm at Miller Park on Sunday.