Colby Lewis flirts with perfection, settles for a complete game win

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Rangers starter Colby Lewis flirted with perfection, settled for an attempt to throw a no-hitter, but when the dust settled, he would wind up with a 5-1 win against the Athletics on Thursday afternoon. Great under normal circumstances, but disappointing considering he could’ve made history.

Lewis lost the perfect game when he walked Yonder Alonso with two outs in the eighth inning. Max Muncy ended the no-hit bid with a double to right field, just out of the reach of Nomar Mazara. Coco Crisp followed up shortly thereafter with a one-out double to bring home Muncy, ending the shutout. Lewis induced a pair of fly outs to end the game. All told, in his complete game, Lewis yielded a run on two hits and a walk with four strikeouts on 109 pitches.

The Rangers gave Lewis five runs of support. Two came in the seventh on an Ian Desmond opposite field home run and a Prince Fielder RBI fielder’s choice. Three more came in the eighth on a two-run double by Adrian Beltre and an RBI single by Mitch Moreland.

With Thursday’s victory, the Rangers took three of four from the A’s at the O.co Coliseum, improving their first-place record to 42-25. The second-place Mariners won today, so they remain 6.5 games behind.

Lewis was looking to become the first member of the Rangers to throw a no-hitter since Kenny Rogers tossed a perfect game against the California Angels on July 28, 1994. The Athletics again staved off a no-hit bid. They haven’t been victims of a no-hitter since July 13, 1991 when the Orioles’ Bob Milacki, Mike Flanagan, Mark Williamson, and Gregg Olson combined for nine hitless innings. Felix Hernandez remains the most recent author of a perfect game, doing so on August 15, 2012 against the Rays.

Report: Red Sox sign Kenley Jansen to 2-year, $32 million deal

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SAN DIEGO — Veteran closer Kenley Jansen and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a two-year, $32 million deal, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement was pending a physical.

The 35-year-old Jansen went 5-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 64 innings for Atlanta this year. The three-time All-Star led the National League with 41 saves, helping the Braves win the NL East title.

Boston is looking to bounce back after it finished last in the AL East this season with a 78-84 record. The Red Sox went 92-70 in 2021 and lost to Houston in the AL Championship Series.

Jansen spent his first 12 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning a World Series title in 2020. The right-hander signed a $16 million, one-year contract with Atlanta in March.

Jansen has a 2.46 career ERA. He was an All-Star in 2016-2018.

His 391 career saves are the second-most among active players (behind Craig Kimbrel‘s 394) and eighth all time.