ARLINGTON – Colby Lewis turned in his shortest outing of the season. The Colorado Rockies enjoyed leads of 8-0 and 11-1. Those leads seemed insurmountable until the Texas Rangers scored six runs in the fifth.
But the Rockies managed to hold on for an 11-7 victory over the Rangers on Saturday afternoon at Rangers Ballpark. The loss snaps a seven-game winning streak for the Rangers.
The Rockies took a 1-0 lead in the first, and made it 5-0 with four runs in the third with a pair of two-run singles by Tyler Colvin and Chris Nelson. They scored three more in the fourth for an 8-0 lead, and then had a three-run fifth with consecutive home runs by Wil Nieves and Dexter Fowler for an 11-1 advantage.
But the Rangers battled back to within 11-7 in the fifth by scoring six runs, highlighted by a three-run homer by Nelson Cruz. That was as close as they’d come, though.
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Lewis lasted only four innings, allowing eight runs (seven earned) on a season-high 11 hits with no walks and six strikeouts. Michael Kirkman worked the fifth and sixth, allowing three runs in the fifth. Mark Lowe worked two scoreless innings, and Tanner Scheppers had a perfect ninth.
-- Drew Davison