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While the Rockies held on for a much-needed 11-7 victory over the Texas Rangers, it ended up being a no-decision for the right-hander who was the first to start on short rest since manager Jim Tracy's decision this week to go with a four-man rotation.
Even given extra pitches and another chance through the heart of the Texas lineup, Outman fell one out short of the required five innings to be eligible for the victory.
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"At the end of the day, the team won, and that's the big picture," a clearly disappointed Outman said. "We got a team win. We came out and played. Besides one inning, we played a great game against the best team in baseball."
Before Colorado's four-run third against Colby Lewis (6-6), the Rangers hadn't even allowed more than three runs in a game during their winning streak. Wil Nieves and Dexter Fowler -- the Nos. 8 and 9 batters -- homered on consecutive pitches in the fifth off reliever Michael Kirkman for three more runs and an 11-1 lead.
"I don't know that we've had a better offensive game all year long," Tracy said.
Six players had at least two hits for the Rockies, who won for only the third time in 16 games. They got their first win in 11 games this season against AL West teams.
Nelson Cruz homered twice for two-time defending AL champion Texas (44-28), which lost for only the third time in 14 games and still has the best record in the majors.
With a double-digit lead, and even though Outman was already past the 75-pitch limit Tracy is trying to impose on his starters, the lefty had two outs in the fifth before Adrian Beltre and Michael Young had consecutive RBI singles to make it 11-3. Outman slammed his glove against his leg in frustration when he was pulled from the game.
"Nothing that I'm going to repeat that went through my head," Outman said when asked what he was thinking.
"Trying to give the kid the opportunity to be involved in the decision," Tracy said. "He had done very well, and you know something, I gave him that rope and a little bit more. I gave him Josh Hamilton, I gave him Adrian Beltre, I gave him Michael Young, and the inning was still going."
Cruz, who had a solo shot an inning earlier off Outman, hit the first pitch from reliever Adam Ottavino over the center field wall for a three-run homer.
"I give him Nelson Cruz and he hits the ball in the bullpen off that kid, then personally for me, I've done it wrong," Tracy said. "But I tried to get him that fifth inning, really, really hard."
Outman allowed five runs and eight hits with three strikeouts and a walk. He threw 92 pitches.
When Cruz homered deep into the Colorado bullpen on a hanging 0-2 slider in the fourth, Outman slammed both of his hands to his knees.
"Right pitch, obviously very bad location," Outman said.
Rex Brothers (3-2), the third of five Colorado pitchers, threw two scoreless innings despite allowing leadoff doubles in both.
"They put runs on the board. They hit the ball hard all day," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "I don't know how you can say it's a game we should have won. ... They beat us. I've got no excuses."
The Rockies loaded the bases with three consecutive singles in the third before Colvin blooped a single to shallow left just out of the reach of shortstop Elvis Andrus. Nelson followed with a single up the middle for a 5-0 lead.
Jonathan Herrera dropped to one knee on his swing that resulted in an RBI double in the fourth before Michael Cuddyer's two-run double made it 8-0. Nelson had a leadoff double off Kirkman before the homers by Nieves and Fowler.
Lewis struck out six with no walks. The right-hander had two complete games his previous three starts, and allowed only 11 earned runs over 44 innings his last six games.
"Hard day at the office," Lewis said. "They put the bat on the ball and made key hits when they needed to. They took advantage of mistakes. That's the way it goes."
|Adrian Beltre gives a playful kick to Marco Scutaro, but it's the Rockies who cut down the red-hot Rangers. (US Presswire)|
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|Jonathan Herrera, SS||5||2||2||1||0||1||2||.250|
|Jordan Pacheco, 3B||5||2||2||0||0||1||0||.297|
|Marco Scutaro, 2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.276|
|Carlos Gonzalez, LF||5||1||1||0||0||2||3||.330|
|Jason Giambi, DH||5||1||2||1||0||2||2||.250|
|Michael Cuddyer, 1B||5||0||1||2||0||2||4||.260|
|Tyler Colvin, RF||5||1||1||2||0||0||1||.288|
|Chris Nelson, 2B-3B||5||1||3||2||0||0||0||.268|
|Wil Nieves, C||4||1||2||2||0||0||2||.357|
|Dexter Fowler, CF||4||2||3||1||0||0||1||.272|
|2B - Jonathan Herrera (4, Lewis), Michael Cuddyer (23, Lewis), Chris Nelson 2 (7, Lewis, Kirkman)|
|HR - Wil Nieves (1, Kirkman), Dexter Fowler (9, Kirkman)|
|RBI - Jonathan Herrera (5), Jason Giambi (8), Michael Cuddyer 2 (47), Tyler Colvin 2 (23), Chris Nelson 2 (19), Wil Nieves 2 (4), Dexter Fowler (32)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jason Giambi (2), Michael Cuddyer 2 (21), Tyler Colvin 2 (11), Chris Nelson 2 (11)|
|SB - Jonathan Herrera 2 (2, 2nd base off Lewis/Torrealba, 3rd base off Lewis/Torrealba), Jordan Pacheco (3, 2nd base off Lewis/Torrealba)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Herrera-Cuddyer|
|Rex Brothers (W,3-2)||2||2||0||0||0||3||0||3.81|
|Pitches-Strikes - Josh Outman 92-60, Adam Ottavino 12-7, Rex Brothers 31-22, Matt Belisle 18-13, Rafael Betancourt 17-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Outman 6-5, Rex Brothers 2-1, Matt Belisle 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Josh Outman 23, Adam Ottavino 4, Rex Brothers 8, Matt Belisle 4, Rafael Betancourt 4|
|Ian Kinsler, 2B||5||0||1||0||0||1||4||.272|
|Elvis Andrus, SS||4||1||2||0||1||0||1||.296|
|Josh Hamilton, LF-CF||5||0||0||0||0||4||5||.320|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||5||1||3||1||0||0||1||.322|
|Michael Young, DH||5||1||2||1||0||1||3||.270|
|Nelson Cruz, RF-LF^RF||5||2||3||4||0||0||2||.264|
|Mike Napoli, 1B||5||1||2||0||0||2||2||.240|
|Yorvit Torrealba, C||3||0||1||1||0||1||1||.228|
|Craig Gentry, CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.345|
|Brandon Snyder, RF||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.304|
|a- David Murphy, PH-LF||1||0||0||0||1||0||1||.280|
|a-lined out for Snyder in the 5th|
|2B - Ian Kinsler (23, Brothers), Michael Young (12, Brothers), Mike Napoli (4, Ottavino)|
|HR - Nelson Cruz 2 (11, Outman, Ottavino)|
|SH - Yorvit Torrealba (3)|
|RBI - Adrian Beltre (48), Michael Young (29), Nelson Cruz 4 (47), Yorvit Torrealba (10)|
|2-OUT RBI - Adrian Beltre (24), Michael Young (14), Nelson Cruz 3 (23), Yorvit Torrealba (4)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|Outfield Assists - David Murphy 1|
|DP - Murphy-Torrealba|
|E - Josh Hamilton (4, Throwing)|
|Colby Lewis (L,6-6)||4||12||8||7||0||6||0||3.51|
|Pitches-Strikes - Colby Lewis 89-64, Michael Kirkman 30-20, Mark Lowe 25-14, Tanner Scheppers 13-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Colby Lewis 1-5, Michael Kirkman 3-2, Mark Lowe 2-3|
|Batters Faced - Colby Lewis 24, Michael Kirkman 9, Mark Lowe 7, Tanner Scheppers 3|
|Attendance - 42516|
|Game Time - 3:27|
|Temperature - 95|
|Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - D.J. Reyburn|