Waldrop encouraged by effective relief outing

Waldrop encouraged by effective relief outing

ARLINGTON -- Before Friday, the last time Kyle Waldrop pitched against the Rangers, it did not go well.

He gave up two hits, including a walk-off RBI double to Nelson Cruz, without retiring a batter in a 4-3, 10-inning loss on July 7, suffering his first big league loss before being optioned to Triple-A Rochester five days later.

Waldrop had a much better outing on Friday, giving up four hits and one run while striking out two and walking none in relief of starter Samuel Deduno. In doing so, he gave a Twins bullpen that had thrown 14 innings in the previous four games a night off.

"That's what I wanted to do," Waldrop said. "I felt more comfortable out there. I did a better job of attacking the hitters, going after them and getting ahead on guys. That's generally what I'd like to do a little bit better. Last time I was here, I picked around a little too much and wasn't attacking."

One of the four hits Waldrop surrendered on Friday was a one-out single to Adrian Beltre in the seventh inning as the Rangers' third baseman completed his second career cycle.

"I wasn't even thinking about the situation," Waldrop said. "He had gotten a few hits earlier, but I hadn't put two and two together. I was attacking him the same way. I made a decent pitch but he just put a good swing on it. That's what good hitters do."