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March 22, 2012

Homers bite Colby Lewis, Koji Uehara in Rangers' loss to Cubs

Colby Lewis allowed six runs in five innings, and Koji Uehara allowed four runs in the seventh as the Cubs routed the Rangers 11-4 at Surprise Stadium. Chicago hit four homers -- two off Lewis, one off Uehara and another off Mark Lowe.

Lewis was satisfied with his day. His No. 1 goal was to build up his pitch count, which he did in throwing 85 pitches. He also said that he has a good feel for his pitches and will focus on building more arm strength the rest of camp.

"I felt like I threw the ball really well," Lewis said. "I didn't get worn out. I located a lot of the time, and that's what I wanted to get out of it."

Uehara allowed a homer for the third time in four Cactus League appearances. Two of the runs he allowed came on two softly hit balls, but the homer he surrendered to Brett Jackson wasn't cheap.

"He just wasn't consistent," said manager Ron Washington, who said that he isn't too concerned with Uehara's knack for surrendering homers. "When you've got a track record, I don't think concern sets in."

-- Jeff Wilson

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