Rangers, Lewis torched early in loss to Angels

Rangers and starting pitcher Colby Lewis were torched early in a loss to the Angels on Thursday night.

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis reacts after leaving the game during the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels.

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ARLINGTON, Texas - The Texas Rangers have had their share of rocky starts in a season that's seen the club see 12 pitchers make starts.

Colby Lewis' start Thursday was one for the history books. And not in a good way.

Lewis, who was coming off consecutive quality starts, was torched for a club-record 13 runs in just 2 1/3 innings as the Los Angeles Angels continued the Rangers season of misery with a 15-6 throttling. The loss was followed by a team meeting called by Texas manager Ron Washington.

Lewis allowed 13 hits and retired just seven batters before leaving after Mike Trout's three-run homer to dead center ended his night. Three other pitchers had allowed 12 runs but Lewis trumped them as Texas dropped its fifth-straight game and 11th in the last 12.

Lewis' bad outing lifted the rotation ERA for the Rangers to 10.25 over the last 11 games. The right-hander also helped the club set another dubious mark as they've allowed at least eight runs in five straight games for the first time.

"I never got the opportunity to make pitches," Lewis said. "My game's always been to try and attack and get ahead early and get outs. It was one of those days. They hit it. They found the gap. I got beat plain and simple."

The game started ominously too as Kole Calhoun tripled and then scored on an errant throw to third by Adam Rosales. That started a first in which the Angels had four-straight hits to start the game and scored four times.

They added six more in the second on six hits and three more in the third.

"I think they jumped on him early when he tried to get ahead," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "They were swinging early and they didn't miss. When he tried to make a pitch they didn't miss. For three innings they just didn't miss. It didn't matter what he threw up there."