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March 27, 2011

Rangers 5, Mariners 4

Colby Lewis settled down after allowing three runs in the first, and held Seattle to only two hits the next four innings as the Rangers beat their division rival at the Peoria Sports Complex.

Lewis threw 76 pitches/50 strikes in his first Cactus League appearance since March 13. He had worked in minor-league games his past two outings.

"I'm ready for the season to start,” Lewis said. "If you make good, quality pitches, they're going to be good, quality pitches regardless of if you’re in an A game, a B game or a Z game."

His next start comes Saturday against Boston in the Rangers' second regular-season game. Chone Figgins hit a two-run homer in the first as Lewis struggled with his fastball command.

"I got beat on one pitch, but other than that I felt like everything was where it needed to be," Lewis said.

Michael Young had three hits and three RBIs, including the go-ahead run in the 10th after Josh Hamilton had doubled. Adrian Beltre drove in a run with a long double in the fifth inning, but he was ejected by second-base ump Paul Schriber after striking out to end the seventh inning.

"That's a first," Beltre said. "He’s practicing his get-out-of-here. It's spring training. Everybody has to work on something."

-- Jeff Wilson


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