ST. PETERSBURG -- Rangers closer Neftali Feliz said he remembers throwing 98 miles per hour at the end of last season.
Pitching coach Mike Maddux and bullpen coach Andy Hawkins don't remember that. They remember the last time Feliz throwing 98 was in 2011, when he was the closer and before his Tommy John surgery in '12.
Feliz struck out Cabrera on three straight fastballs.
"The first two pitches, I was trying to get him to hit a ground ball for a double play," Feliz said. "After that, I tried for the strikeout."
Feliz threw a first-pitch slider to Beckham and bounced it in the dirt well outside the strike zone. Catcher Carlos Corporan made a desperate swipe and was able to block the ball. He saved Feliz from a wild pitch and the potential tying run from crossing the plate.
"Tremendous block," manager Jeff Banister said.
"Wow ... wow," Corporan said. "I mean, everybody knows that was a game-saver, but I know what I have to do. I take pride in my defense."
Feliz then threw six straight fastballs and finally got Beckham on a grounder to third to end the game. Feliz had three saves on the Rangers' 5-2 road trip and five for the season.
"His last three games have been outstanding," Maddux said. "He is really letting it go and trusting it. He is also making pitches, not just throwing it hard."
Feliz saved it for Keone Kela, who pitched a scoreless seventh and has three wins in May. Shawn Tolleson pitched a scoreless eighth despite facing a runner at second with one out. Tolleson struck out David DeJesus and retired Steven Souza Jr. on a fly ball to deep right-center.