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July 18, 2014

Struggles in last start ancient history for Rangers’ Colby Lewis

The right-handed veteran allowed 11 earned runs in less than three innings against the Angels.

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The last time Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis was on the mound he was allowing a record 13 runs (11 earned) against the Angels.

That was before the All-Star break and the right-handed veteran said there’s not much for him to glean from the start.

“I’m not going to make too much of what happened, in any previous start, good, bad or ugly,” said Lewis, who is 6-6 with a 6.54 ERA. “I feel like I threw the ball fine, I just got hit early.”

He’ll face right-hander Marcus Stroman (4-2, 4.05) at 12:07 p.m. Saturday.

Lewis left after allowing 13 hits in 2 1/3 innings against the Angels on July 10.

Manager Ron Washington said Lewis shouldn’t be judged on one bad start. In fact, Lewis had thrown consecutive quality starts in his previous outings. The last time another Rangers’ pitcher did that was Nick Martinez on June 15 and 21.

“You don’t judge Colby on one outing or two outings,” Washington said. “You keep judging him. The Angels lineup just didn’t give him a break that day. They just pounded everything. They have a very long lineup right now.”

Lewis, who offered to come out of the bullpen after the short stint last week to relieve the Rangers’ taxed bullpen, said his body feels great.

“I’m not going to make an excuse. I throw a lot of first-pitch strikes and fastballs and they hit a lot of them,” he said. “Every time I go out there I feel better and better.”

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