SEATTLE (AP) — Colby Lewis pitched four-hit ball over eight innings and Texas got a trio of sacrifice flies plus an RBI single from Michael Young in winning its ninth straight, 4-0 over the Mariners on Friday night.
Lewis followed up Derek Holland’s stellar performance a night earlier when Holland took a perfect game into the sixth inning before settling for a shutout. Lewis wasn’t quite as good, giving up a third-inning single to Brendan Ryan, but was equally effective at keeping Seattle’s hapless offense off the scoreboard.
Only three times did Seattle advance a runner to second base against the Rangers’ righty. Lewis (9-7) lived on the outside half of the plate and induced weak grounders and pop ups all night.
Seattle starter Doug Fister (3-11) retired 15 straight at one point, but yet again got no help from his offense. Seattle’s gone scoreless in 26 straight innings.
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