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MINNEAPOLIS -- Rangers manager Ron Washington said Colby Lewis was "up" with his pitches. Lewis wasn't exactly in agreement.

"I don't think I made too many bad pitches," Lewis said. "They came out swinging the bats hot. I walked two guys ... just another one of those days."

Whatever the reason, this was a bad day, and the second bad outing in a row for Lewis. He allowed six runs in 1 1/3 innings and the Rangers lost to the Twins, 8-1, on Saturday afternoon at Target Field.

The Rangers trailed, 5-0, after one inning. They had just one hit through seven innings against Twins starter Scott Baker, they didn't score until the eighth and ended up with five hits on the afternoon.

"Just a bad day, that's all you can say," said second baseman Ian Kinsler. "Baker was good and the defense was good behind him. He pitched well with a lead, he understood how to pitch well with a big lead."

Baker is now 4-0 with a 3.06 ERA in his past five starts after pitching his fourth career complete game.

"There are a handful of games in a season where you feel really good mechanically, have a really good game plan and you execute your pitches," Baker said. "[Catcher Rene Rivera] did an excellent job back there staying with me. And the offense scoring five runs in the first inning didn't hurt."

Lewis gave up six runs on seven hits and two walks. He faced 13 batters and nine reached base before he was pulled after 52 pitches, tied for the shortest outing of his career. He went 1 1/3 innings in a 9-0 loss to the Royals while pitching for the Rangers on Aug. 27, 2003.

Lewis, who entered the game with a 2.17 road ERA that was the lowest in the American League, has now allowed 15 runs in 4 2/3 innings in his past two outings. His ERA has blown up from 3.48 to 4.97 over the course of the two starts.

"I don't know, I guess everybody goes through it," Lewis said. "You try to rebound as fast as you can. That's all you can do. You prepare yourself the same way. For me, it's not like I have to change what I'm doing. I know the pitcher I am. I've proven myself countless times. I've gone out there before and dominated and done well. It's a matter of a little speed bump. I've got to get over it and move on."

Lewis was going against a depleted Twins lineup that was missing Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Jim Thome, Jason Kubel, Denard Span and Tsuyoshi Nishioka. They are all sidelined with one injury or another, leaving the Twins with a lineup that included three rookies.

First baseman Michael Cuddyer and outfielder Delmon Young were the only two Twins starters on Saturday who have more than 12 career home runs. The entire lineup went into the game with 208 career home runs and 1,138 RBIs. The six players who were out with injury have combined for 975 career home runs and 3,403 RBIs.

The Rangers' lineup, even without Michael Young, went into the game with 778 career home runs and 2,865 RBIs.

"They are a Major League team," Washington said. "It's not the best team that wins, it's the team that plays the best and they played better today. They're in the Major Leagues, so they're a Major League team. They showed today what they're capable of doing if you don't do what you're capable of doing."

Cuddyer was the most proven Major League hitter in the Twins' lineup on Saturday, accounting for 129 of those 208 career home runs. Lewis got him out twice. It was the rest of the lineup that roughed him up.

Ben Revere led off with a single to right and went to third on a single by Alexi Casilla. Cuddyer gave the Twins a 1-0 lead with a sacrifice fly to deep left-center. Casilla went to second on the play, advanced to third on Young's single and scored on a wild pitch.

Lewis then proceeded to walk the next two hitters to load the bases. Brian Dinkelman's single to right field scored two runs and, after Rivera flied out, Matt Tolbert's single made it 5-0.

Revere's grounder to short ended the inning, but the second started off just as badly. Casilla led off with a double and, after Cuddyer struck out, scored on a single by Young.

"Everything was up and over the plate," Washington said. "He made mistakes, they jumped on it and before you know it, it was 5-0."

That was it for Lewis, as David Bush took over and pitched 4 2/3 innings to save the bullpen before having to leave with a bruised left hamstring. He was hit by Revere's grounder in the seventh and is day-to-day.

"You get 1 1/3 innings out of your starter, you know it's going to be a long day," Washington said. "He's healthy, it's a matter of executing pitches. That's what it's all about. He didn't execute. As long as he's healthy, he'll get the ball." Comments