Update (10:05 PM EST): The Rangers tacked on another run in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI single. Lewis went back to work in the top of the eighth and immediately lost his perfect game. Danny Valencia ripped a double to left field.
Rangers starter Colby Lewis has been perfect through seven innings in Friday night’s start against the Athletics. 21 up, 21 down. The right-hander has struck out two while throwing 69 pitches in the effort.
The Rangers gave Lewis some early run support, scoring three runs in the first inning against opposing starter Jesse Chavez. Mitch Moreland hit a two-run double and Rougned Odor followed up with an RBI double of his own.
We’ll keep you posted as Lewis attempts to remain perfect over the final two innings of the game.
Lewis entered the start with a 14-8 record along with a 4.68 ERA and a 124/39 K/BB ratio in 175 innings.
Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz extended his hitting streak to 19 games with a sixth-inning solo home run off of Colby Lewis on Sunday, adding insurance by pushing the Mariners’ lead to 4-2. Cruz is now hitting .325/.391/.607 with 33 home runs and 69 RBI on the season.
During his 19-game hitting streak, Cruz is batting .422/.473/.928 with 12 home runs and 15 RBI. The Mariners, however, have mustered only a 10-9 record in that span of time. At 52-60 overall, the Mariners sit disappointingly in fourth place in the AL West.
Watch Cruz go yard:
Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that Rangers lefty starter Matt Harrison could return to the rotation in the week ahead of the All-Star break. As a result, that would allow the club to grant a respite to the rest of the rotation, which includes Colby Lewis, Nick Martinez, and Wandy Rodriguez.
Harrison, 29, had spinal fusion surgery last June and has been recovering ever since. He has made four rehab starts with Triple-A Round Rock and one with Double-A Frisco, compiling an aggregate 6.59 ERA with a 15/11 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings. Harrison struggled in his most recent appearance, with Frisco, as he allowed five runs and complained of an inability to get loose during the game.
Harrison’s schedule ahead includes a light bullpen session on Sunday and a rehab start with Round Rock on Wednesday.