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.
Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros and reliever Ryan Pressly are close to finalizing a two-year, $17.5 million contract extension, which will also include a third-year vesting club option. Rome notes that the extension is believed to be the largest, in terms of both total money and average annual value, for a reliever who is not a closer.
Pressly, 30, agreed to a $2.9 million salary for the 2019 season back in January, avoiding arbitration in his final year of eligibility. The Astros acquired Pressly from the Twins near the end of July in exchange for a pair of minor leaguers. Pressly posted a 3.40 ERA in 47 2/3 innings with the Twins and a 0.77 ERA in 23 1/3 innings with the Astros. In the playoffs, Pressly allowed just one run on one hit and three walks with seven strikeouts across five innings of work.
Along with Héctor Rondón, Pressly will once again help bridge the gap to closer Roberto Osuna.