Lewis cooked at home again in Rangers' loss to Red Sox

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ARLINGTON -- Only one American League team this season has as many home wins as the Texas Rangers, who have won 40 times and posted a robust .625 winning percentage at Rangers Ballpark.

Colby Lewis, though, hasn't enjoyed that same level of success. His home ERA this season entering this series was 5.15, and 18 of the 28 homers he had allowed had been hit here.

Those numbers didn't get any better after Boston had finished with him Tuesday night.

The Red Sox struck for seven runs in the first four innings against Lewis, and Adrian Gonzalez hit his first two homers of the month off Lewis as Boston dropped the Rangers 11-5.

Lewis gave the Rangers six innings on a night when long man Scott Feldman was unavailable, but fell to 4-5 with a 5.56 ERA at Rangers Ballpark in 2011.

"I'm not worried about that," Lewis said. "It doesn't really matter whether you're home or on the road. I try to pitch well no matter where I am."

The Rangers surrendered a double-digit run total for the second time in three games -- squeezing a shutout in between -- and lost for the third time in four games.

They also could lose a game off their lead in the AL West. The Angels were tied with Chicago 4-4 in the ninth inning in a late game. A Los Angeles victory would leave the Rangers' advantage at 3 1/2 games.

Lewis (11-9) wasn't terribly upset with how he pitched. He threw plenty of strikes, but the Red Sox didn't miss many of them. They also didn't miss a few pitches he would like to have back.

"I felt like when they had some runners on I definitely made some mistakes, and that's where they took advantage," Lewis said. "Overall, I just didn't make the adjustment early."

The Rangers twice got as close as three runs after Boston scored the game's first six runs. Gonzalez reached the upper deck in right field in the first inning for a two-run shot, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Marco Scutaro drove in runs in the second.

Carl Crawford and Ryan Lavarnway added RBIs in the third before the Rangers mounted a threat against John Lackey in the bottom half.

The first four hitters reached. The fourth was Elvis Andrus, who walked to force in a run. Josh Hamilton and Michael Young followed with sacrifice flies.

Gonzalez, though, countered with an opposite-field solo shot with two outs in the fourth. The homer was the 30th allowed by Lewis. The next highest total in the AL is 23 allowed.

"It's one of those things that comes with the territory of throwing strikes," Lewis said. "I tried to pound the strike zone like I normally do. They just put the ball in play and found a lot more holes."

Hamilton got that run back in the fifth with his own solo shot, and the score was stuck at 7-4 until Scutaro and Dustin Pedroia put the game away with two-out two-run doubles against Mark Lowe in the eighth.

Lewis gave the Rangers six innings on a night when manager Ron Washington didn't want to tax the bullpen with five more games to go before the next off day.

Removing Lewis in the third inning would have put the bullpen in a fix ahead of a key three-game series with the Angels this weekend.

"That would have destroyed the whole bullpen," Washington said. "Sometimes you just have to take a beating."

Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760

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