Friday, June 25, 2010
Rangers winning streak ends at 11
By Calvin Watkins
ARLINGTON, Texas -- On a sleepy, rainy night, the Rangers' longest winning streak in almost two decades came to an end Friday night.
The Astros took Game 1 of the Lone Star Series in Arlington, 7-4, ending the Rangers 11-game winning streak, the franchise's longest since 1991.
The Rangers took a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning before the Astros scored five runs the next two innings to put the game away. Colby Lewis took his first loss since June 3, and Ian Kinslerwas ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the third.
"Lost the game, it's amazing isn’t it," Kinsler said. "You're not going to win them all but you got to get ready to play tomorrow."
Here are the rest of the highlights:
*The win streak was the second longest in franchise history, behind a 14-game streak from May 12-27, 1991. This was also the major's longest win streak since Colorado won 11 straight in 2009. The entire win streak occurred against the NL, and it's just the third single-season win streak of 11 or more games in interleague history.
*The loss developed in the middle innings after the Rangers battled back from a 2-0 hole. In the sixth, the Astros scored three runs on two hits and an error. Things turned for the worst in the seventh when Lance Berkmanhit his seventh home run of the season, a 422-foot blast to center. Houston tacked on another run to go ahead 7-3.
*Colby Lewis held the Astros to just one run on two hits in a June 19 victory. This time, he lasted into the sixth but allowed five runs -- four earned -- on nine hits. He struck out four. The four earned runs allowed were the most he's given up since a June 3 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Lewis started the Astros' game strong, retiring them in order in the first, but he allowed a two-out double to Geoff Blum in the second before Chris Johnson (three RBI) drove him in with a double for the first run of the night. Lewis has been strong in the month of June. Coming in, he allowed just eight runs over 30 1/3 innings for a 2.37 ERA. He was 3-1. But he took the loss on Friday night, falling to 7-5.
"I didn’t have a whole lot," said Lewis, who had a three-game win streak snapped while allowing a season high in hits. "I think I did a pretty decent job until I went out for the sixth and didn’t get ahead of the guys and gave up a couple of hits and that’s what happens. I didn’t throw my breaking ball for strikes [and] they were laying off the slider and its one of those things. They hit the pitches they needed to hit you know."
*Josh Hamiltoncontinues his tear. He extended his hitting streak to a career-high 19 games with a second-inning single. He went three-for-four and is 8-for-12 on this homestand. It's an amazing stretch of games for Hamilton, who missed Wednesday's game with a tight hamstring. It's been something that's bothered him for a month, yet you would never know it by the way he's running the bases and playing the field. He's got six home runs in the last 14 games with 27 RBI the last 21 games. Hamilton is the favorite to become player of the month thanks to a major league leading .488 average in June.
*The bullpen received praise from manager Ron Washington before the game. He said he didn't have the words for them because that's how good they've been. In the last six games, a stretch of 23 innings, the bullpen allowed just two runs. That changed Friday when Darren O'Day allowed an unearned run, but Chris Ray gave up two earned runs in the seventh. When O'Day gave up a run on a two throwing errors, it snapped a stretch of 20 consecutive batters who were retired by the right hander.
Notes:The Rangers committed three errors in the game: Darren O'Day (his first) and Justin Smoak (fifth). Michael Youngwas credited with an error in the eighth for failing to handle a hard hit ball to third, but it was later changed to a hit for Michale Bourn because he was playing on the infield grass. But in the ninth, he misplayed another ball, and this time it was ruled an error. He leads the team with 10. ... Ian Kinsler was ejected for the first time this season in the third inning for flipping his helmet and bat after getting called out on strikes by Eric Cooper. ... The game was played in a steady drizzle for most of the night, and it prevented both teams from taking batting practice before the game. ... The attendance of 43,457 was the largest since May 22, when 46,180 watched the Cubs win in 10 innings, 4-3. ... The Rangers tied a season high by leaving 13 runners on base.