Colby Lewis is far from resembling the postseason ace he was for
the Texas Rangers last October, no matter how good he says he
Lewis gave up three homers in a span of four hitters for all the
Toronto runs and walked four in his five innings to lose his third
straight start, 6-4 on Monday night to the Blue Jays.
”I felt great,” Lewis said. ”I felt like tonight was the best
stuff I had all year, so I can’t get stuck on what happens in one
inning, just move forward and take the first four and move
The Blue Jays had two outs and Corey Patterson an 0-2 count in a
scoreless game in the fifth when he took a big swing at a pitch
coming at him about shoulder high. Patterson knocked it out of the
park for a three-run homer, calling it a ”1 in a 100” shot.
”When you’re bitten, that’s the type of thing that happens,”
Rangers manager Ron Washington said. ”He tried to go up and out of
the zone on him and he still hits a three-run home run. And then
the rest of it happened so fast.”
Lewis turned and reacted in disbelief when Patterson was
rounding the bases.
Jose Bautista hit the very next pitch 405 feet to left for his
majors-leading eighth homer. After pitching coach Mike Maddux
visited the mound, Adam Lind drew a walk and Juan Rivera hit his
first homer of the season for a 6-0 lead.
”Just coming off the year that I had, maybe guys are looking at
a lot of footage from last year and kind of sitting on those really
good sliders down and away,” Lewis said. ”For me, I think I got
to continue what I was doing the first four innings. I elevated the
ball to Patterson and who knew that he would stay on top of a ball
that was at his eyes.”
Lewis (1-3), who was 3-0 with a 1.71 ERA in four postseason
starts last year when the Rangers went to the World Series for the
first time, gave up six runs and seven hits while throwing 95
pitches in five innings. The right-hander has a 6.95 ERA this
season and is the only Texas pitcher with multiple losses.
Yorvit Torrealba and Nelson Cruz homered for Texas, which was
coming off a three-game weekend sweep of Kansas City.
Rangers designated hitter Michael Young extended his hitting
streak to 15 games with an RBI double off the right-field wall that
made it 6-3 in the sixth. Ian Kinsler also had a run-scoring double
in the inning.
Cruz ended a 13-game homerless drought when he led off the ninth
with his sixth homer, a liner that just cleared the right-field
wall off Blue Jays closer Jon Rauch, who then settled down for his
fourth save in four chances this season.
The Blue Jays were coming off a 2-0 loss to Tampa Bay and had
gone 15 consecutive innings without a run until their three-homer
”It was good to see Corey Patterson take a pitch that might
have been somewhat of a setup pitch on an 0-2 count up and away
from him,” manager John Farrell said. ”To see the six runs on the
board was obviously good to see, and we made it hold up.”
Kyle Drabek (2-0), a 23-year-old rookie and Texas native, had
gotten a no-decision in three consecutive starts that the Blue Jays
won after he had pitched into at least the sixth. The right-hander
gave up three runs and five hits in six innings against the
The Rangers had three double plays and got a run-saving catch
from left fielder David Murphy.
Toronto had two on and no out in the fourth when Lind hit a
flyball slicing toward the left-field line. Murphy made a running
catch with his glove fully extended, and both runners had to scurry
back to the bases. Patterson was then thrown out trying to steal
Murphy made another nice catch in the seventh on a flyball by
Patterson that turned into a double play when the relay through
shortstop Elvis Andrus got Yunel Escobar before he could get back
Each of Toronto’s first five innings ended on grounders to
Andrus, who was back in the lineup after a day off following errors
in three consecutive games. Andrus went deep in the hole toward
third and made strong throws to get Bautista ending the first and
leadoff hitter Escobar ending the third.
Notes: Cruz’s last homer was in second game of a doubleheader at
Baltimore on April 9. … Toronto reliever Frank Francisco received
his World Series ring from the Rangers before the game. Francisco
spent his first six major league seasons with Texas. He made 56
appearances last year before missing the final month of the regular
season and all the postseason with a muscle strain. He was traded
to Toronto in January for catcher-first baseman Mike Napoli. …
Texas is 6-2 in series openers this season.