Colby Lewis pitched another gem and the new-look bullpen, with Sam Dyson as the closer, retired the final six batters as the Rangers opened their three-game series against the Astros with a 2-1 win Friday at Minute Maid Park.
Pitching: Colby Lewis held the Astros scoreless on four hits and no walks over seven innings.
In the sixth, Lewis brushed/swatted a slow-rolling bunt from Tony Kemp from the grass to first baseman Mitch Moreland for the first out. The balls was never in Lewis’ glove. He retired 10 straight between the fourth and seventh innings. Lewis went seven innings in his fifth consecutive start. He has eight quality starts in nine games.
Jake Diekman struck out two in the perfect eighth. Sam Dyson, on as the team’s closer for the first time, surrendered a lead-off double to Jose Altuve and a two-out run-scoring single to Colby Rasmus to cut the Rangers’ lead to 2-1 but he struck out Evan Gattis for the final out.
Hitting: Texas scored twice in the third to take a 2-0 lead. Shin-Soo Choo walked with one out and moved to second on Ian Desmond’s single. Both scored on Prince Fielder’s opposite-field double over Tony Kemp’s glove in left-center. In the fourth, Nomar Mazara singled with one out but was thrown out at home trying to score on Elvis Andrus’ double to the left-field corner.
Notable: Lewis was hit on the head by a line drive by Carlos Correa in the seventh. The ball popped up high over second base and Odor caught it for the first out of the inning ... Choo was in the lineup for the first time since going on the disabled list April 10. He left the game with a tight left hamstring after scoring on Fielder’s double in the third. He walked twice in his two plate appearances ... Jose Altuve extended his hit streak to 12 games with a ninth-inning double.