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Lewis points toward bright future
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09/12/2002 01:46 am ET 
Lewis points toward bright future
By Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com

Colby Lewis compiled a 7.81 ERA in 11 relief appearances for Texas this season. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Colby Lewis, the crown jewel of the Rangers' farm system, made his much-anticipated first big league start on Wednesday.

It was worth the wait.

Lewis threw six shutout innings but was charged with two runs in his final frame. Rangers catcher Todd Greene led off the ninth inning with a walk-off home run to secure the Rangers' 4-3 victory. Texas hit three home runs in the game, including Alex Rodriguez's 54th of the season, and have won three straight games against Seattle.

As for Lewis, 23, he didn't get the win for his seven innings of work, but what he did get was a standing ovation by the 23,470 at The Ballpark in Arlington.

What he gave the Rangers was hope for the future.

"Colby was outstanding," Rangers manager Jerry Narron said. "It's a shame we could not get him a W."

Lewis (2-2) entered Wednesday's start with a 7.81 ERA in 11 relief appearances in two stints with Texas this season. With the outing, he dropped his ERA to 5.95. He went 5-6 with a 3.60 ERA in 20 regular-season starts with Oklahoma City; in his last four starts for OKC, he was 3-0 with a 2.64 ERA.

"Coming in, I was not as nervous as I would have been if it was my first time up," Lewis said. "The last time I went down, Jerry told me I would not be back until September, so I went down to Okie City to have a good time and not worry about coming back."

The Texas rookie allowed six hits in seven strong innings. His first blemish came with two outs in the seventh, when former Rangers outfielder Ruben Sierra deposited a Lewis pitch over the wall in left field to cut the Texas lead to 3-1.

He was replaced by Danny Kolb after walking Mike Cameron to lead off the eighth inning. "I was happy with his poise," Narron said. "He looked in complete control, and when you see that from a young pitcher making his first start, you know he is going to be a good pitcher."

  • Ivan Rodriguez went 0-for-3 and snapped his 13-game hitting streak. He bruised his right leg on a foul ball in the top of the eighth inning.

    Jesse Sanchez covers the Texas Rangers for MLB.com. He can be contacted via email at jsanchez@texasrangers.com..This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.





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