Texas Ranger Pitching Throws 3rd Consecutive Shut Out in Defeat of the Seattle Mariners
Colby Lewis was 1 out short of repeating Derek Holland's complete game shut out performance the night earlier, but the Rangers still got the 4-0 win over the Mariners to extend to a 9 game win streak.
After struggling earlier in the year, Lewis has won his fourth straight decision and dropped his ERA from 4.97 on June 11 down to 4.06, today. Lewis finished the night with 8 strikeouts and two walks. He had the opportunity to complete the game but couldn't seal the deal. Lewis had a 2 hitter going into the 9th before giving up a pair a singles; which forced Ron Washington to pull Lewis in favor of clutch closer Neftali Feliz. Feliz finished the game for the 19th save of the season.
The Ranger's pitchers have now thrown 29 consecutive scoreless innings.
Their 12th shutouts this season is the most in the American League and second most in all of baseball. This is the first time since May 7-9, 2008 the Rangers have had three consecutive shutouts.
The Rangers offense wasn't able to do much against Seattle starter Doug Fister, but came up with a trio of sacrifice flies and a Michael Young RBI single in the eighth. Ian Kinsler doubled to lead off the game and scored on Josh Hamilton's sacrifice fly. Endy Chavez drove home Nelson Cruz in the second with another sacrifice fly to make it a 2-0 Ranger lead headed into the 3rd. Then Fister settled down and got into an unhittable groove, retiring 15 straight following. Ten of the 15 outs came on weak grounders in the infield. Adrian Beltre hit the 3rd Ranger sac fly in the 8th to score Kinsler, then Young finished the Ranger scoring with a single to score Andrus.