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Friday, July 15, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Rangers 4, Seattle 0

By Richard Durrett


SEATTLE -- The Rangers earned their third straight shutout and Colby Lewis was one out short of the second straight complete-game shutout by a starting pitcher. It was a solid 4-0 win over Seattle for the club's ninth straight victory.

* The 9-straight wins is the sixth win streak of nine or more games in club history. It matches the third-longest win streak in team history and matches the longest in the majors this season (Boston had a nine-game win streak June 3-12).

* This is the third straight shutout by Texas, just the third time in club history to have sthree straight shutouts (others: 4 straight, April 27-30, 1981; and 3 straight, May 7-9, 2008). It's an AL-tops 12th shutout this season, second-most in the majors (Philadelphia, 13). The last time the Rangers had this many shutouts was 1981 (13). The club record is 17 in 1977.

* The 29 innings of scoreless baseball is the longest streak by the Rangers since a 33-inning streak from May 6 (6th inning) - May 10 (2nd inning), 2008. The club record for the Washington/Texas franchise is 39 innings April 27-May 1, 1981.

* The Rangers' first three runs were all scored on sacrifice flies in the first, second and eighth innings. The fourth run came on a Michael Young single in the eighth. Then they left it all up to Colby Lewis.

* Lewis quickly found his rhythm. His slider was a good out pitch, getting a handful of his strikeouts on it and he had his breaking stuff working. The Mariners didn't hit Lewis very hard, managing just one extra-base hit and 4 hits total. Lewis ended up with eight strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings. Lewis gave up a couple of hits in the ninth and his pitch count climbed to 121, so manager Ron Washington had to make a change.

* It was Lewis' first win in Seattle in his seventh career start here. Lewis had a 2.35 ERA in three starts in Seattle in 2010, including a memorable duel against Cliff Lee early last season. But Friday was his first victory. He pitched a complete game on May 5 in Seattle, but lost.

* The Rangers immediately produced a run with some productive at-bats. Ian Kinsler led off with a double to left and moved to third on Elvis Andrus' ground ball to the right side. He then scored when Josh Hamilton hit a sacrifice fly to center. Hamilton now has five sacrifice flies this season, tied with Adrian Beltre and Michael Young for the most on the team.

* Kinsler's double extended his hitting streak to 11 games. He has 12 extra-base hits (5 HR, 6 2B, 3B) and 9 RBIs in his last 15 games after just a HR and 4 RBIs in previous 22 games.

* Andrus made some solid plays defensively. Nothing fancy, but some plays that aren't necessarily routine. He made a nice stab on a hard-hit ground ball by Kyle Seager. Andrus grabbed it and threw to first. He's talked about simplifying things and not over-thinking and he did a nice job on that play (more on that coming on the blog tomorrow morning).

* Yorvit Torrealba hit his second double in as many nights. He has hit safely in 11 of his last 16 games and has eight extra-base hits in that span.

* Lewis gave up a double to Franklin Gutierrez in the fifth. It was the first extra-base hit allowed by Rangers pitcher since Conor Jackson doubled in the 8th inning last Saturday against Oakland. That was a span of 23 innings and 85 batters faced between extra-base hits allowed by Texas. That's impressive.

* The Rangers scored in the first inning and have 60 runs in the first. It's their third-highest run-scoring inning this season behind 75 in the third and 61 in the fifth.

* Chavez ran home from third with runners on the corners on a ground ball to short with no outs. The Mariners opted to throw home to get Chavez instead of attempting to turn a double play. Chavez made sure to stay in the rundown long enough to get Kinsler to third and Andrus to second. The Mariners intentionally walked Hamilton and Beltre hit a sac fly to score the third run of the game. Young's single came after that.

* Neftali Feliz came out and hit 99 mph on the radar gun in quickly retiring the final out for his 19th save of the season.