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Sunday, May 20, 2012
Colby Lewis tries to end a losing streak

By Calvin Watkins

HOUSTON -- Saturday afternoon, Colby Lewis was stretched out in front of his stall in the Rangers clubhouse relaxing. He looked like a man without a care in the world.

But he does have some worries.

Lewis, who starts Sunday afternoon's Silver Boot finale against the Houston Astros, has lost his last three games.

"Wins and losses don't really (duplicate) sometimes on how you pitch," Lewis said. "In 2010, I went though it. Sometimes when things are not going your way it seems it all comes in bunches. So it's like when I started the year with quality starts, everything happens in bunches. You want to eliminate the ones that are bad, that's it and try to get on a roll."

Lewis won three of his first five starts but now hasn't won a game since April 28.

In his last start, May 14, two throwing errors led to five unearned runs. In the previous start, May 10, he struck out 12 over seven innings, but gave up six earned runs.

"I threw the ball great (May 10), and then I beat myself the last start," Lewis said. "So it's not about any common denominator, like (Ron Washington) says, it's the way baseball go. I beat myself and they beat me with the homers in the previous start so nothing really too different."