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.
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.