OAKLAND, Calif. -- Colby Lewis did his job Wednesday night, and the nine players who were supposed to back him with runs knew afterward that they hadn't come close to doing theirs.
That's become the norm when Lewis has been on the mound this season and has become a trend after six games on this 10-game West Coast road trip.
But the best hitting lineup in the season had its worst night of the season against Bartolo Colon, who scattered five hits in eight innings as the Rangers were shut out for the first time this season, 2-0.
The Rangers wasted a strong start by Lewis, who allowed two runs on six hits in his first complete game this year.
He has drawn the short straw this season when it comes to run support. The Rangers have scored more than three runs only twice in his 12 starts.
“You've got to go out there and keep your team in the game,” Lewis said. “You can't worry about that side of things. You have to go out there and do the best you can.”
Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Reddick led off the second and fourth innings with first-pitch doubles. Brandon Inge brought home Cespedes, who later drove in Reddick as part of a 3-for-3 game.
Aside from a few flat sliders, including to Cespedes in the second, Lewis (4-4) liked the way he pitched, and with good reason. He needed only 101 pitches to record 24 outs, and he threw 77 strikes.
“That was an amazing pitching job that we wasted because we couldn't put any runs on the board,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said.
Brian Fuentes worked a quick ninth inning to seal the first shutout against the Rangers since Sept. 16, 2011. They have scored two or fewer runs on four of the six games on this West Coast road trip.
The Rangers came away empty early in the game in what amounted to their only threat against the 39-year-old Colon, who entered the game as the major-league leader in hits allowed.
The Rangers had loaded the bases with one out for Mitch Moreland, who bounced into a double play to end the inning. Ian Kinsler started the third with a single, but he was erased as Elvis Andrus followed with a double-play grounder.
Moreland didn't have much to say, but Washington said that too many hitters in the lineup aren't producing. That includes several key players, such as Adrian Beltre (4 for 24), Josh Hamilton (4 for 24), Moreland (1 for 23) and David Murphy (13 for 63).
“We still have some guys in that lineup that are not playing up to their capability,” Washington said. “Beltre was as hot as a firecracker before we left home, and he's cooled off. Hamilton has cooled off tremendously. We're just a little inconsistent on the offensive end. We've got to keep grinding out at-bats, and we'll get it together.”
Said Michael Young, who had one of the five singles against Colon (5-6): “He's knows what he's doing when he's out there. He's a good pitcher. As far as the team goes, we have to stay the course and keep trusting ourselves. We expect to score every time we're on the field. In the big leagues, you're going to run into well-pitched games.”
The game was played in a crisp 2 hours, 4 minutes.
Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760