HOUSTON – Colby Lewis snapped out of his recent skid in a major way. Lewis turned in his longest outing of the season and helped himself with a two-run single in a five-run first as the Rangers rolled to a 6-1 victory over the Astros on Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.
The Rangers jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead in the first against Astros starter Jordan Lyles. Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus started the game with consecutive singles, and Josh Hamilton drove in Kinsler with a sacrifice fly to center.
With two outs, Michael Young doubled to right-center to put runners at second and third. David Murphy drew an intentional walk and then Nelson Cruz came through with a two-run single to left. After Yorvit Torrealba reached on a hit by pitch, Lewis flared one into center to drive in two more runs.
Murphy extended the Rangers lead to 6-0 in the fifth with a solo shot to left. Lewis reached on an infield single later in the fifth, becoming the third pitcher in club history to have a two-hit game. Lewis did it back in 2010 and Chan Ho Park did it in 2005.
Lewis held the Astros’ offense in check all day. Lewis had a stretch of retiring 13 of 14 batters, and a base runner didn’t reach third-base until the sixth inning. He ended that threat by getting Carlos Lee to ground out.
Manager Ron Washington gave Lewis a chance for his second career shutout, but he fell short. He gave up a solo home run to Jed Lowrie to start the ninth, ending his night.
-- Drew Davison