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Making his first major league start in over eight months, Oswalt pitched effectively into the seventh inning and the Rangers won their seventh straight game, beating the slumping Colorado Rockies 4-1 on Friday night.
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Oswalt, who pitched more than 10 years in the National League with Houston and Philadelphia, made four minor league starts after signing with the Rangers May 29.
The 34-year-old Oswalt won his 160th career game and his first since beating Atlanta on Sept. 27. He allowed nine hits and one run in 6 2/3 innings.
"I won't tell you I wasn't nervous," said Oswalt, who threw 81 of his 110 pitches for strikes. "If you don't have butterflies, you might as well get out of the game."
Oswalt last pitched in the majors on Oct. 5 -- a Game 4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS.
The Rockies probably felt the time off hadn't hurt Oswalt. The right-hander improved to 9-2 lifetime against Colorado with a 1.89 ERA, his best mark against any of the 16 teams he's faced more than three times.
"He was ready to pitch and he pitched like Roy Oswalt," Rangers manager Ron Washington said.
Christian Friedrich (4-4) allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings for the Rockies, who have lost 13 of 15.
Oswalt, who struck out six and walked one, was sharp from the start. His fastball was clocked in the low 90s and he showed off his slow curveball that confused Colorado hitters most of the game.
The Rockies didn't muster much against Oswalt until breaking through in the seventh.
Joe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth to earn his 16th save in 17 chances. This is the Rangers' longest winning streak since taking eight straight April 12-21.
"These guys have been rolling," Oswalt said. "I was just trying to keep it going."
Wilin Rosario had three hits for the Rockies, who dropped to 1-12 in interleague play.
The Rockies left 10 men on base in the game and hit into double plays in the seventh and eighth.
"We didn't play a bad ballgame at all," Colorado manager Jim Tracy said. "We had a bunch of hits. We just couldn't get the big hits."
Beltre hit a two-run homer in the first that just cleared the fence in right. It was his 13th of the season.
Nelson Cruz had an RBI double before Napoli lined his 12th home run of the season to right to make it 4-0 in the fourth.
|Roy Oswalt returns to the big leagues and earns his first win since Sept. 27, when he was a member of the Phillies. (Getty Images)|
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|Dexter Fowler, CF||5||1||1||0||0||2||0||.262|
|Marco Scutaro, 2B||5||0||1||1||0||2||2||.276|
|Carlos Gonzalez, LF||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.332|
|Jason Giambi, DH||4||0||1||0||0||2||2||.237|
|Michael Cuddyer, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.261|
|Todd Helton, 1B||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.240|
|Chris Nelson, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||0||2||.254|
|Wilin Rosario, C||4||0||3||0||0||0||2||.252|
|Jonathan Herrera, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.239|
|2B - Marco Scutaro (12, Oswalt), Carlos Gonzalez (16, Oswalt)|
|3B - Dexter Fowler (7, Oswalt)|
|RBI - Marco Scutaro (19)|
|2-OUT RBI - Marco Scutaro (9)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Outfield Assists - Carlos Gonzalez 2|
|E - Chris Nelson (4, Misplayed grounder(Next play)|
|Christian Friedrich (L,4-4)||6||7||4||4||1||4||2||5.65|
|HBP - Kinsler (by Christian Friedrich)|
|WP - Christian Friedrich (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Christian Friedrich 73-49, Guillermo Moscoso 30-18|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Christian Friedrich 4-7, Guillermo Moscoso 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Christian Friedrich 24, Guillermo Moscoso 6|
|Ian Kinsler, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.273|
|Elvis Andrus, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.293|
|Josh Hamilton, LF||3||1||0||0||1||3||0||.327|
|Adrian Beltre, DH||3||2||2||2||0||0||0||.317|
|Michael Young, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.268|
|Nelson Cruz, RF||3||0||2||1||0||0||1||.258|
|Mike Napoli, 1B||3||1||1||1||0||1||0||.236|
|Yorvit Torrealba, C||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.225|
|Craig Gentry, CF||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.348|
|2B - Nelson Cruz (17, Friedrich), Yorvit Torrealba (6, Friedrich)|
|HR - Adrian Beltre (13, Friedrich), Mike Napoli (12, Friedrich)|
|RBI - Adrian Beltre 2 (47), Nelson Cruz (43), Mike Napoli (30)|
|2-OUT RBI - Adrian Beltre 2 (23), Mike Napoli (8)|
|CS - Ian Kinsler (5, 2nd base by Friedrich/Rosario)|
|Team LOB - 2|
|DP - Kinsler-Andrus-Napoli, Young-Kinsler-Napoli|
|Roy Oswalt (W,1-0)||6.2||9||1||1||1||6||0||1.35|
|Robbie Ross (H,3)||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||1.15|
|Mike Adams (H,12)||0.1||1||0||0||0||0||0||3.00|
|Joe Nathan (S,16)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||1.52|
|Pitches-Strikes - Roy Oswalt 110-81, Robbie Ross 23-13, Mike Adams 5-5, Joe Nathan 12-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Oswalt 8-5, Robbie Ross 2-0, Mike Adams 1-0, Joe Nathan 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Roy Oswalt 29, Robbie Ross 4, Mike Adams 2, Joe Nathan 3|
|Attendance - 46964|
|Game Time - 2:41|
|Temperature - 95|
|Umpires - Home - D.J. Reyburn, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Ron Kulpa|