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Rangers recap: Early walks and trio of homers help Lewis’ start stand

Colby Lewis continued to defy logic on Monday night. The 35-year-old right-hander made another quality start, this time holding the Royals to one run on three hits over seven innings as the Rangers won the first of a four-game series 8-2 at Globe Life Park.

Pitching: Colby Lewis went at least six innings in his fifth of seven starts this season, holding the Royals to three hits and two walks over seven innings. The lone run he surrendered came in the fourth after the Rangers had taken a 4-0 lead. After two walks in the seventh, Lewis forced Salvador Perez into a 5-4-3 inning-ending double play. Keone Kela allowed a run on two hits in the eighth to make it 7-2. Alex Claudio closed it out in the ninth.

Hitting: Royals starter Danny Duffy was in a giving mood and the Rangers were more than willing to take the free passes. Duffy walked the first three batters in the second before Delino DeShields’ two-run double to the left field corner made it 2-0. Thomas Field scored on a wild pitch before Shin-Soo Choo followed with a run-scoring single up the middle. Field hit his first major league homer, a solo shot to center, to make it 7-1 in the seventh. Fielder’s solo homer in the eighth made it 8-2.

Notable: It’s the first three-homer game at Globe Life Park for the Rangers in 2015 ...