Matchup: Colby Lewis vs. Ian Kennedy
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Fresh off their first series win in two weeks, the Texas Rangers return home for a three-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The first game of the series features RHP Colby Lewis vs. RHP Ian Kennedy at 7:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and FSSW. A quick look at the matchup:
Lewis (4-5, 3.38): The 32-year-old has lost two consecutive starts despite allowing just six runs (four earned) on ten hits and one walk through 14.2 innings. ... He is 1-5 with a 4.37 ERA in seven starts since the beginning of May after starting the season 3-0 with a 1.93 in five starts. ... He has a 1.13 walks-per-9 ratio, best in the majors. ... Lewis has received three or fewer runs of support in 10 of 12 starts. ... He's tied for fourth most home runs allowed in the AL (14). ... He has struck out 67 batters in 80 innings, tied for 14th in the AL. ... He's held opposing batters to a .189 (10-53) average with 18 strikeouts with runners in scoring position, tied for fourth lowest in the AL. ... He's never faced the D-backs.
Kennedy (5-5, 3.93): The 27-year-old leads the D-backs and is tied for 11th in NL in strikeouts (71). ... He's won two consecutive starts, including six shutout innings in a 10-0 win vs. Rockies on June 5. ... He leads D-backs in home runs allowed (nine) and innings pitched (75 2/3). ... He's tied for second most walks allowed on the D-backs (19). ... He's been slightly better on the road this season with 3.13 ERA, allowing 35 hits and 14 runs, compared to 4.70 with 44 hits and 20 runs at home. ... He's never faced the Rangers.
Hitters: Lewis has faced six current D-backs hitters, allowing eight hits, two walks, one home run and a .242 batting average. ... Geoff Blum is 4-for-4 with one RBI. ... Aaron Hill is 0-for-9 with two walks and five strikeouts. ... Current Rangers are 2-for-9 against Kennedy. ... Yorvit Torrealba is 0-for-2 with one strikeout. ... Adrian Beltre is 1-for-3.
Wed. vs. Ariz.: LHP Matt Harrison (8-3, 3.87) vs. LHP Wade Miley (7-2, 2.53), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Thu. vs. Ariz.: RHP Scott Feldman (0-5, 6.39) vs. RHP Daniel Hudson (2-1, 6.06), 7:05 p.m. ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
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