SEATTLE — The starting pitchers are doing their part to make sure the Texas Rangers start the second half of the season as strongly as they finished the first half.
It was Colby Lewis’ turn Friday night, and he extending the good work.
Lewis came an out short of a complete-game shutout, scattering four hits in 8 2/3 innings to help the Rangers push their winning streak to nine games with a 4-0 victory over Seattle.
The gem comes only a night after Derek Holland tossed a five-hit shutout at Safeco Field.
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Seattle collected to hits against Lewis in the ninth. His final pitch was a line single to left field, which prompted manager Ron Washington to bring in closer Neftali Feliz.
Feliz got Jack Cust two ground out to end the threat and push the Rangers’ scoreless innings streak to 29.
Lewis (9-7) was staked to an early lead thanks to a Josh Hamilton sacrifice fly in the first inning. It was the first of three sacrifice flies for the Rangers, who had only six hits.
Their last hit was an RBI single by Michael Young in their two-run eighth inning.
-- Jeff Wilson