ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Tyler Colvin and Chris Nelson had consecutive two-out, two-run singles in an early outburst for Colorado, and the Rockies held on for a 11-7 victory Saturday that ended the Texas Rangers’ seven-game winning streak.
Before Colorado’s four-run third against Colby Lewis (6-6), the Rangers hadn’t even allowed more than three runs in a game during their winning streak. Wil Nieves and Dexter Fowler — the Nos. 8 and 9 batters — homered on consecutive pitches in the fifth off reliever Michael Kirkman for three more runs and an 11-1 lead.
Rex Brothers (3-2), the third Colorado pitcher, threw two scoreless innings despite allowing leadoff doubles in both.
Six players had at least two hits for the Rockies, who won for only the third time in 16 games. They got their first win in 11 games this season against AL West teams.
Nelson Cruz homered twice for two-time defending AL champion Texas (44-28), which lost for only the third time in 14 games and still has the best record in the majors.
Josh Outman, the first Rockies starter to get a turn on short rest since manager Jim Tracy decided earlier this week to go with a four-man rotation, couldn’t make it through the five innings required for his first victory.
Even though Outman was already past the 75-pitch limit Tracy is trying to impose on his starters, the lefty had two outs in the fifth before Adrian Beltre and Michael Young had consecutive RBI singles to make it 11-3. Outman slammed his glove against his leg in frustration when he was pulled from the game.
Cruz then hit the first pitch from Adam Ottavino over the center field wall for a three-run homer.
Outman allowed five runs and eight hits with three strikeouts and a walk. He threw 92 pitches.
When Cruz homered deep into the Colorado bullpen on an 0-2 pitch in the fourth, Outman slammed both of his hands to his knees.
The Rockies loaded the bases with three consecutive singles in the third before Colvin blooped a single to shallow left just out of the reach of shortstop Elvis Andrus. Nelson followed with a single up the middle for a 5-0 lead.
Jonathan Herrera dropped to one knee on his swing that resulted in an RBI double in the fourth before Michael Cuddyer’s two-run double made it 8-0. Nelson had a leadoff double off Kirkman before the homers by Nieves and Fowler.
Lewis struck out six with no walks. The right-hander had two complete games his previous three starts, and allowed only 11 earned runs over 44 innings his last six games.
The Rockies led 1-0 in the first after Herrera had a leadoff single and then stole second and third bases — both steals coming on strikeout pitches — before Jason Giambi’s RBI single.
NOTES: Herrera had only seven stolen bases in 235 career games, and none this season, before Saturday. … Giambi is 7 for 10 in his career against Lewis. … Colorado is 3-5 on its longest roadtrip of the season, which ends with Sunday’s series finale. … Left-hander Matt Harrison, 5-0 with a 1.43 ERA his last six starts, goes for Texas in the finale. Righty Alex White (2-5) starts for Colorado, four days after allowing five earned runs in 3 2-3 innings at Philadelphia. … Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre was charged with an error in the second on Nelson’s hard-hit liner, even though it was obvious that Beltre lost sight of the ball in a background filled with white T-shirts.
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