Matchup: Colby Lewis-Ervin Santana

September, 21, 2010
9/21/10
2:00
PM CT
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The second game of this three-game series features RHP Colby Lewis and RHP Ervin Santana. Here's a quick look at the matchup:

Lewis (11-12, 3.84 ERA): He had his second consecutive quality start in his last outing, a victory over the Tigers in Arlington last week. Lewis allowed five runs (two earned) on four hits in six innings with three strikeouts and three walks. But Lewis was the cause of the three unearned runs on an error in the Tigers' fifth inning. It was one of two errors he made, making him the first Rangers pitcher with a multi-error game since Kam Loe on Aug. 29, 2007 (vs. Chicago White Sox). Lewis, though, has back-to-back victories after going nine straight starts without a win. He's sporting a 2.19 ERA in those two starts as well. He ranks fourth in the AL in strikeouts per nine innings (8.7) and is tied for eighth with 176 strikeouts. The way the rotation has fallen, Lewis has not faced the Angels yet in 2010. He is 3-1 with a 5.34 ERA in seven career games (five starts) against the Angels, but his last start against them was April 12, 2004 in Arlington (he gave up three runs in five innings and got a no decision).

Santana (16-9, 3.93 ERA): He has won three straight decisions and eight of his last 10. Santana has an ERA of 2.95 over his last three starts and he's pitched at least seven innings in five or his last seven starts (he's 4-0 in those starts). He went eight innings and gave up two runs on four hits with three walks and five strikeouts in a 3-2 loss to the Indians. Santana is 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA in two starts this season against Texas (6 earned runs in 14 innings) and is 10-6 with a 5.79 ERA in 112 innings against the Rangers in his career.

Hitters: Lewis has only faced four current Angels: Hideki Matsui (3-for-6, HR, 3 RBI), Torii Hunter (2-for-4, HR, RBI), Howie Kendrick (1-for-2) and Jeff Mathis (1-for-1). Santana has faced three current Rangers (that are likely to play) in more than 20 at-bats: Michael Young (20-for-54, 3 HR, 11 RBI), Ian Kinselr (10-for-28, HR, 3 RBI) and Nelson Cruz (5-for-22, 3 HR, 4 RBI).
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Yu Darvish
WINS ERA SO IP
9 2.92 159 126
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 15
RBIA. Beltre 55
RA. Beltre 53
OPSA. Beltre .888
ERAY. Darvish 2.92
SOY. Darvish 159