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Postgame notes: Rangers snap losing skid

Postgame notes: Rangers snap losing skid

Credit: USA TODAY Sports

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis (48) pitches against the New York Mets during the first inning of a game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

by LANDON HAAF

WFAA Sports

Posted on July 5, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 5 at 10:19 PM

Game Recap: Early runs propel Rangers over Mets, 5-3

  • Adrian Beltre’s solo home run in the third inning gave him six career home runs off Bartolo Colon. His four at-bats against Colon Saturday moves Colon into a tie with Jered Weaver for second-most official at-bats against Beltre, but Beltre has two more plate appearances against Weaver.
  • After going 12 straight outings without a quality start this season, Colby Lewis now has back-to-back quality starts. He had gone six innings just once (May 20) before the last two starts.
  • Lewis hasn’t walked a batter in his last 19.2 innings, dating back to June 16. Lewis had issued 21 walks in the previous seven starts.
  • Ron Washington did not elect to pinch-hit for Colby Lewis in the sixth inning with a runner on second and two outs, despite Lewis having thrown 91 pitches through five innings. Pinch-hitting for the pitcher would have been the common decision, especially for American League teams that typically have an extra bat on the bench for interleague games.

Lewis, however, is a .280 career hitter and is batting .400 this season. Adam Rosales (3-for-10) is one of only two bench players with a higher season average than Lewis’s career mark.

Chirs Gimenez, a .293 hitter, would have made sense as a replacement at the dish, but spending the backup catcher’s availability that early in the game wouldn’t make sense for the club either.

Dan Robertson (.241), Michael Choice (.173), and Donnie Murphy (.196) would have also been available.

  • Carlos Peña snapped an 0-for-20 slump with an opposite-field double in the eighth. He was hitless in his last six games. Peña also walked Saturday, reaching base multiple times for the first time since his second game with Texas this season.
  • Alex Rios recorded his first three-hit game since June 7 Saturday. Rios now has seven three-hit games in 2014.
  • Saturday's game featured a matchup of Rougned Odor, the youngest player in MLB (20 years old), and Bartolo Colon, the oldest pitcher in the game (41 years old). Odor went 0-for-3 against Colon but hit a single in the eighth inning off of Mets reliever Josh Edgin.
  • Colon tossed two innings with eight pitches or less in the game (seven in the second, eight in the sixth). He was averaging 15 pitches per inning coming into Saturday’s game.
  • Joakim Soria allowed a two-out double, but didn’t concede a run to the Mets. Soria still hasn’t allowed a run to any team other than the Minnesota Twins since April 12 (Houston).

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