Mound Matchup: Lewis vs. Moehler


The Lone Star Series returns. Sadly enough. Well, the Rangers have won 11 consecutive games and they take on the pitful Astros, who have lost seven of ten games, yet comes to the ballpark with at two-game winning streak.

Colby Lewis, who shut the Astros down last Saturday night in Houston, faces Brian Moehler.

Lewis 7-4, 3.07: The last time he faced the Astros, Lewis threw the first complete game of his major league career. He struck out nine, allowing just one run on two hits. He retired the first 13 hitters he faced before allowing an infield single in the fifth inning. ... Lewis leads the majors with a .187 opponent batting average and is 10th in the AL with a 3.07 ERA. ... He's won his last three starts compiling a 1.50 ERA where he's allowed just four earned runs in 24 innings pitched. ... Lewis is a strong pitcher at Rangers Ballpark. He's won his last eight starts.

Moehler, 0-4, 5.86: Pitched well on Saturday night vs. Lewis but took the loss. He allowed jsut two runs on one hit with four walks in six innings. He became the first Astros pitcher to lose while pitching six plus innings and allowing one or fewer runs since 1974. ... This is Moehler's fifth start since taking over for Bud Norris who is on the DL. ... In eight of his 12 starts lifetime vs. the Rangers, Moehler has given up fewer than three runs. ... In his last seven interleague starts, the Astros are 4-3.