Quality starts becoming the norm for Lewis

Rangers' starter has gone seven innings in four consecutive starts

May 15th, 2016

ARLINGTON -- Colby Lewis has pitched six or seven innings in each of his eight starts this season, including Saturday night's workmanlike no-decision against the Blue Jays in the Rangers' eventual 6-5 win.

Lewis allowed two runs on four hits, struck out six and didn't walk anybody -- pretty much another day at the office the way things are going for Lewis, who, over the past four starts, has thrown seven innings each time. In those 28 innings, he's walked only two hitters and held opponents to a .187 average.

Lewis lowered his ERA to 3.12 on Saturday. So what's his explanation for why this season has gone so well thus far?

"I really don't have much," Lewis said in his usually self-deprecating way after Saturday's outing. "I feel healthy, my knee feels good, I'm just feeling good out there. I have been throwing all my pitches for strikes, keeping guys off balance, moving the ball around, just doing what I need to do to continue to keep our team in there. That's about it."

Lewis retired the first eight batters he faced Saturday, striking out four in a row before Ryan Goins' solo homer. Lewis has allowed 10 homers this season, which is third most in the American League, but they're usually of the less-harmful solo variety, as was the case Saturday.

The only other trouble Lewis got into was allowing a leadoff double to Troy Tulowitzki in the fifth, but he got out of that inning with only Tulowitzki scoring. The 36-year-old righty breezed through a perfect sixth and seventh innings to end his night.

"This is how I expect myself to perform every time," Lewis said. "Keep throwing strikes, you know?"