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June 23, 2012

Final: Rockies 11, Rangers 7

ARLINGTON – Colby Lewis turned in his shortest outing of the season. The Colorado Rockies enjoyed leads of 8-0 and 11-1. Those leads seemed insurmountable until the Texas Rangers scored six runs in the fifth.

But the Rockies managed to hold on for an 11-7 victory over the Rangers on Saturday afternoon at Rangers Ballpark. The loss snaps a seven-game winning streak for the Rangers.

The Rockies took a 1-0 lead in the first, and made it 5-0 with four runs in the third with a pair of two-run singles by Tyler Colvin and Chris Nelson. They scored three more in the fourth for an 8-0 lead, and then had a three-run fifth with consecutive home runs by Wil Nieves and Dexter Fowler for an 11-1 advantage.

But the Rangers battled back to within 11-7 in the fifth by scoring six runs, highlighted by a three-run homer by Nelson Cruz. That was as close as they’d come, though.

Lewis lasted only four innings, allowing eight runs (seven earned) on a season-high 11 hits with no walks and six strikeouts. Michael Kirkman worked the fifth and sixth, allowing three runs in the fifth. Mark Lowe worked two scoreless innings, and Tanner Scheppers had a perfect ninth.

-- Drew Davison


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OK... either his teammates thought they were backing Scooter Feldman or Colby didn't execute his pitches - at all. If the defense is working, the pitcher needs to execute his pitches to have the hitters hit the ball to where the defense is waiting - not have dribbler after dribbler roll through the infield.

That was a pathetic exhibition put on by the home team.

And, Josh looked like he was trying to hit Nelson out at third with his bat - he had no idea where the ball was. What's with that??? Did he lose his fancy new contacts? I was stunned when he actually found a pitch to foul it off.

Oh well... 7 of 8 still sounds pretty good. But, with the talent this team has, their manager certainly is not drawing the most he can out of it... especially that sorry defense. Oh yeah... Wash is the guru of defense. Seriously?

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