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Texas manager Ron Washington is hoping his pitcher's performance on Sunday means good things are ahead for his team.
Lewis allowed four hits in eight-plus innings and drove in two runs, and the Rangers took a five-run lead in the first inning before coasting to a 6-1 win over the Houston Astros.
It was the first time a Rangers pitcher had driven in any runs since Lewis also drove in two in a win over Milwaukee on June 13, 2010, and he's the only Rangers pitcher with an RBI since 2006.
"It was awesome," said Washington of Lewis, who also had a single in the fifth. "The last time he did that we went on an 11-game winning streak, so I hope that's a sign."
Lewis (4-3) capped the Rangers' first-inning scoring with a bases-loaded, two-out single to center field to score two.
"That was a huge hit and it did a lot for his confidence," Washington said.
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"I always like playing on the National League side and getting some hits in and hacks in, or whatever you want to call it," Lewis said. "It was a lot of fun. It keeps me more involved. I love the National League side of things."
His performance marked the eighth time an AL pitcher has had two hits and two RBI since interleague play began in 1997. He has two of those after also collecting two hits in his other two-RBI game in 2010.
Lewis didn't allow a run until Jed Lowrie's solo shot to right field to start the ninth. He was replaced by Robbie Ross, who allowed one hit. It was the longest outing of the season for Lewis, who walked one and struck out six.
"He was quite sharp today," Washington said. "He had a good breaking ball working, and he was able to spot his fastball and he had a real good changeup."
The performance allowed Lewis to bounce back from a string of three straight losses, where he allowed a combined 19 runs and 23 hits.
"Things didn't go my way in the last couple of starts, so I just wanted to bounce back and go deep into the game," he said.
David Murphy added a solo home run in the fifth inning, a day after hitting his first career inside-the-park homer for Texas.
Lyles (0-1) yielded nine hits and six runs -- both season highs -- in five innings in his third start. The 21-year-old, who has spent most of the season in Triple-A, walked three and struck out six.
"He couldn't get a feel for the ball," Houston manager Brad Mills said. "He had problems locating his pitches in that first inning."
Jose Altuve hit a leadoff double for the Astros before Lewis walked Carlos Lee with two outs. Lewis retired the next nine Astros after that, and Houston didn't have another baserunner until a single by Travis Buck with two outs in the fourth. But Lewis retired Chris Johnson to end that inning.
Lewis retired the side in the fifth before Altuve singled to start the sixth. He sent down the next nine Astros before he was chased by Lowrie's homer.
Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus hit consecutive singles in the first inning before Kinsler scored on the sacrifice fly by Hamilton. Michael Young hit a two-out double before Lyles intentionally walked Murphy to load the bases.
The walk backfired when Cruz knocked a line drive single to left field to score two and push the lead to 3-0.
Lyles then plunked Yorvit Torrealba before the two-RBI single by Lewis.
Kinsler grounded out to end the inning.
There was some confusion in the second inning when Young was batting with two out and two strikes. Young took a pitch for a strike, but the home plate umpire thought it was only strike two. After Lee and Lyles protested, holding up three fingers, he asked the first base umpire and realized it was the third strike and patted Young on the shoulder to leave.
Cruz singled in the ninth inning on a fly ball to center field, but was out when he passed Young on the basepath as Young headed back to first.
|Colby Lewis allows one run in eight innings and collects two RBI as he earns the win for the Rangers. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Ian Kinsler, 2B||5||1||1||0||0||2||4||.276|
|Elvis Andrus, SS||5||1||2||0||0||1||0||.325|
|Josh Hamilton, CF||3||0||2||1||1||0||0||.389|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||5||0||0||0||0||1||5||.306|
|Michael Young, 1B||5||1||2||0||0||1||1||.280|
|David Murphy, LF||4||2||1||1||1||1||1||.271|
|Nelson Cruz, RF||5||1||3||2||0||1||1||.274|
|Yorvit Torrealba, C||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.219|
|Colby Lewis, P||4||0||2||2||0||2||2||.500|
|Robbie Ross, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|2B - Michael Young (9, Lyles)|
|HR - David Murphy (5, Lyles)|
|SF - Josh Hamilton (5)|
|RBI - Josh Hamilton (47), David Murphy (15), Nelson Cruz 2 (23), Colby Lewis 2 (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Nelson Cruz 2 (13), Colby Lewis 2 (2)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|Colby Lewis (W,4-3)||8||4||1||1||1||6||1||3.30|
|Pitches-Strikes - Colby Lewis 122-77, Robbie Ross 14-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Colby Lewis 7-11, Robbie Ross 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Colby Lewis 29, Robbie Ross 4|
|Jose Altuve, 2B||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.318|
|Jed Lowrie, SS||4||1||1||1||0||0||1||.273|
|Brian Bogusevic, RF||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.223|
|a- Matt Downs, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.170|
|Carlos Lee, 1B||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.295|
|Travis Buck, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.258|
|Chris Johnson, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.280|
|Justin Maxwell, CF||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||.222|
|Jason Castro, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.209|
|Jordan Lyles, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|b- J.A. Happ, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.125|
|Fernando Rodriguez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Rhiner Cruz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Marwin Gonzalez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.222|
|Wesley Wright, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Bogusevic in the 9th|
|b-struck out for Lyles in the 5th|
|c-flied out for Cruz in the 8th|
|2B - Jose Altuve (8, Lewis), Carlos Lee (6, Ross)|
|HR - Jed Lowrie (6, Lewis)|
|RBI - Jed Lowrie (17)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Jordan Lyles (L,0-1)||5||9||6||6||3||6||1||5.29|
|IBB - Murphy by Jordan Lyles|
|HBP - Torrealba (by Jordan Lyles)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jordan Lyles 117-71, Fernando Rodriguez 10-6, Rhiner Cruz 26-21, Wesley Wright 16-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jordan Lyles 4-5, Rhiner Cruz 4-0, Wesley Wright 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Jordan Lyles 28, Fernando Rodriguez 3, Rhiner Cruz 9, Wesley Wright 4|
|Attendance - 35873|
|Game Time - 2:52|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Brian Runge, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Tim McClelland|