Colby Lewis has shortest start of 2012

June, 23, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Colby Lewis says he won't change much of anything next week when he faces the Oakland A's as he plans to bounce back from Saturday's 11-7 loss to the Rockies.

"Sometimes you throw your pitches where you want and they don't get hit," Lewis said. "Sometimes you throw most of them where you want and they do get hit. I wasn't able to get it done today. My slider got swing and misses in my last starts, but they hit it today. They put the ball in play and took advantage of it. I'll keep at it and stick with it and not change things."

Lewis took the loss, giving up a season-high eight runs (seven earned) in a season-low four innings of work. After coming into the game with a 1.76 ERA in June and quality starts in three straight outings, Lewis gave up one run in the first, four in the third and three more in the fourth and exited before the fifth inning. Colorado had 12 hits off Lewis, the most he's given up since May 22, 2007 against the Chicago White Sox when Lewis was with the Oakland A's. He spent the rest of that season in the bullpen and then headed to Japan, where he found his location and reignited his career before signing with Texas.

Lewis had gone at least six innings in 12 of his 14 starts this season and had pitched into the sixth inning in all of them until Saturday. The Rangers did commit errors behind him and the Rockies got a big hit in the third as a charging Josh Hamilton and a backpeddling Elvis Andrus couldn't get to a flare hit by Jason Giambi.

"Even when things are happening, you're the guy on the mound and you've got to take charge and get the next guy out," Lewis said. "Errors happen. Stuff happens. I've got to go out and try to get the ball down in the zone and get outs."

He was disappointed that didn't happen Saturday but said he'll come back and attack the A's. The last time Lewis set a season-high for runs allowed was May 15 against Kansas City. The next start: Eight innings of one-run baseball in a win over the Astros. We'll see how it turns out Thursday against Oakland.
Richard Durrett joined 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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