Roy Oswalt made a strong start in his Texas Rangers' debut, and Adrian Beltre summed it up succinctly.
"We expect him to be good, but he was spectacular tonight," Beltre said.
Beltre put Oswalt in line for the victory with a two-run home run in the first inning. That proved to be enough, as Oswalt and the Rangers' bullpen led the way to a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
Oswalt allowed one run on nine hits with one walk and six strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings.
Here are a few postgame notes from the game:
* Joe Nathan worked a perfect ninth for his 16th save of the season. He has retired 45 of the last 53 batters he has faced, working 16 scoreless innings with 21 strikeouts over his last 16 appearances.
* Mike Napoli snapped an 0 for 12 slide with a solo home run in the fourth inning. Over his last 10 games, he is 3 for 32 with two home runs.
* Texas is on a seven-game winning streak, one shy of matching the season-long winning streak of eight. It owns the best 71-game record in club history at 44-27. The Rangers are 17 games over .500, and have the best record in baseball.
* The Rangers announced a sold out crowd of 46,964 on Friday night, the 21st sellout of the season. That ties the club record set back in 1994.
-- Drew Davison