Rangers shut out Rays behind LewisJun 1, 2011 - 9:50 PM
Nelson Cruz went 3-for-4 and drove in a run for Texas, which has won four of its last five.
Lewis (5-5) scattered four hits and two walks while striking out eight. He threw 113 pitches -- 77 for strikes. Neftali Feliz locked the game down with a scoreless ninth to pick up his 11th save of the season.
"He was definitely doing his job and all I was trying to do was go out there and match him," Lewis said about Rays starting pitcher David Price.
Ben Zobrist had two of the five hits for the Rays, who have dropped three of five.
David Price (6-5) worked eight innings, yielding three runs on five hits while walking one and striking out eight.
"David was very good today. He deserved a better fate," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "David had outstanding stuff. I thought David was great. He is going to win many many ball games."
Starting pitching limited the scoring chances over the first four innings, but Texas put up a run in the fifth.
Adrian Beltre led off the inning with a double to center and came around to score on Cruz's line drive single. After Beltre advanced on a passed ball, Price settled down to retire the next three batters.
Sam Fuld drew a walk to start the home half, but was quickly erased when he was caught stealing.
Each side was retired in order in the sixth and seventh innings before the Rangers tacked on two more in the eighth.
Craig Gentry reached on a two-out double and Ian Kinsler walked. After a double steal which put both men in scoring position, Andrus drove in both with a base hit just under the glove of first baseman Sean Rodriguez to make it a 3-0 game.
Tampa Bay stranded a runner in scoring position in the home portion and Feliz took over for Lewis in the bottom of the ninth. The right-hander gave up a leadoff single to Zobrist then retired the next three hitters to end the game.
Tampa Bay won four of its six meetings with the Rangers last season...Lewis improved to 3-0 in four career games -- three starts -- against Tampa Bay...Price fell to 0-3 in five lifetime starts versus Texas...Rays DH Johnny Damon finished 1-for-4 and has reached base safely in 26 straight games.
- TEXAS: 3
TAMPA BAY: 0
Jun 1 3:41 PM
- Elvis Andrus singled to right scoring Craig Gentry and Ian Kinsler. Runner on first with two outs and Josh Hamilton due up.
Rangers 3, Rays 0 Top 8, 2 OutsJun 1 3:07 PM
- Nelson Cruz singled to center scoring Adrian Beltre. Runner on first with none out and Mike Napoli due up.
Rangers 1, Rays 0 Top 5, 0 OutsJun 1 2:14 PM
- TEXAS: 0
TAMPA BAY: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
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