The Los Angeles Angels didn’t jump on Colby Lewis like they did a month ago, but it was enough for the victory Saturday night at Globe Life Park.
The Angels struck early with two solo home runs and held on for a 5-4 win in front of 32,209 in paid attendance.
Lewis (8-10) wasn’t knocked from the game early like he was against the Angels on July 10 when he allowed 11 earned runs on 13 hits in 2 1/3 innings.
He was able to regroup and strike out a season-high 10 batters in six innings. Los Angeles added two runs in the fourth to lead 5-0 after loading the bases with no outs with two singles and a hit batter. Lewis nearly escaped the jam with two outs but Kole Calhoun drove in two runs with a single to right field. Lewis allowed 10 hits and walked none. It was his 11th game with 10 or more strikeouts and first since June 17, 2012.
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The Rangers scored twice in the bottom of the inning to pull to within 5-2. Shin-Soo Choo led off with a solo homer to left and J.P. Arencibia snapped out of an 0 for 19 slump with a run-scoring single through the left side. Arencibia’s last hit before Saturday was a homer in the first inning on August 8 in Houston.
In the seventh, Alex Rios snapped an 0 for 16 rut with a two-run single to pull the Rangers to within 5-4.
But the next six Texas hitters were retired as the Angels took the second of a three-game series.