Astros-Rangers Preview

Scott Feldman has a chance to solidify a strong final month to the season with another impressive outing against his former team.

That last-place club, however, is hotter than it's been all season.

The Houston Astros' right-hander concludes his year Wednesday night in the finale of a three-game visit to the Texas Rangers, who are looking to continue a strong stretch with another win from Lisalverto Bonilla.

After Tuesday's 2-1 victory, the Rangers (64-93) have won three straight and 10 of 11. Texas now has an opportunity to complete its third sweep in less than two weeks after enjoying one the rest of the season.

"To go ahead and have a good string of games right here at the end gets their confidence going," Rangers interim manager Tim Bogar said.

Adrian Beltre's 3-for-4 game upped his average at Globe Life Park to .361, which trails only Houston's Jose Altuve (.366) for home average in the AL.

Houston (69-89) has lost six of eight and enters the season finale between the Texas clubs with an 11-7 advantage in the series.

Altuve's pursuit of the batting title didn't gain any momentum with Tuesday's 0-for-4 game putting him at .343 with four games to play, but the second baseman holds an eight-point edge over Detroit's Victor Martinez.

Interim manager Tom Lawless is leaving potential days off up to Altuve.

"I'm giving him the option: 'You let me know when you want a day off,'" Lawless told MLB's official website. "I told him, 'I'm going to watch that race between you and Martinez and we'll see how it is.' I keep penciling him in the lineup."

It's the only category still in question as Altuve tries to become the second player since 1945 to lead his league in average, hits (221) and stolen bases (54).

Feldman (8-11, 3.82 ERA) is 1-1 with a 1.44 ERA in his last four starts, a stretch that began with a three-hit shutout Aug. 30 against Texas. He nearly reached that level of success in Thursday's 2-1, 13-inning loss to Cleveland, yielding a run on four hits in eight innings.

His season against the Rangers has been impressive with a 2-0 record and 2.30 ERA in four starts. He's held Beltre to a 6-for-29 career mark and J.P. Arencibia to 1 for 11.

Bonilla (2-0, 4.30) is trying for a third win in as many big league starts, which would make him the first Rangers pitcher to do so since Alexi Ogando in April 2011.

Control issues have probably cut those outings a bit shorter than the rookie would like with eight walks in 11 innings. Four came over five innings along with two runs and two hits in Friday's 12-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

One more major league start could help the Rangers determine what to do with him entering 2015 after making just six minor league starts with 33 relief outings this year.

"It would be smart for us to do that," Bogar said. "I think what he's done at this level the first two starts has kind of put him on the map that way. He gets lumped in with all the other guys to decide what we're going to do with the last few spots of our starting rotation."

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