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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.

Carlos Carrasco pitches during game action

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Indians starter Carlos Carrasco was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this summer. He’d been out since June. Despite that diagnosis, he and the Indians insisted that he would make every effort to come back this year. Yesterday he took a big step in that direction, making his first rehab appearance at Double-A Akron.

He only tossed one inning, walking one batter and striking out another. He thew 16 pitches but cranked it up to 97 with his first offering. Not too shabby.

It’s unclear what the timetable is for him returning to Cleveland. If they intend to use him as a starter again he’ll obviously need several more appearances to get stretched out. If he’s to be used as a reliever, fewer obviously. What his stamina level is and will be is also an open question.

However that gets sorted out, it’s good so have him back in action.