MLB Game Summary - Colorado at Texas|
(Saturday, June 23rd)
Final Score: Colorado 11, Texas 7
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Michael Cuddyer, Tyler Colvin and Chris
Nelson each drove in a pair of runs as Colorado swarmed Colby Lewis early and
hung on to post an 11-7 decision over Texas in the second test of a three-game
Wil Nieves hit a two-run homer while Dexter Fowler contributed a solo homer
among his three hits and two runs scored for the Rockies, who had won just
twice in their last 10 games coming in.
"It's been a frustrating month to say the least (but) we came out and swung
the bats well today," said Fowler. "It's encouraging going into the rest of
the month and July."
Rex Brothers (3-2) tossed two innings of two-hit, scoreless relief for Josh
Outman, who exited after giving up eight hits and five runs over 4 2/3 frames.
Nelson Cruz finished with three hits -- including a three-run homer and solos
hot -- driving in four for the Rangers, whose seven-game win streak came to an
Lewis (6-6) was pulled after four innings, charged with 12 hits and eight
runs -- seven earned -- with six strikeouts.
"I think the more frustrating thing is making good pitches and the players
putting them in play," said Lewis. "That's kind of what happened today. And
they took advantage of mistakes."
Texas nearly erased a 10-run deficit, closing within 11-7 in the bottom of the
Brandon Snyder led off with a single and Elvis Andrus walked two batters
later. After Josh Hamilton struck out, Beltre's single scored Snyder and
Michael Young added another RBI hit which chased Outman.
Adam Ottavino entered, but Cruz greeted him with a three-run homer which cut
the hosts' deficit to 11-6. Mike Napoli doubled and Yorvit Torrealba singled
him home before pinch-hitter David Murphy lined out.
Brothers followed with two successive scoreless frames. Matt Belisle and
Rafael Betancourt turned in one each to keep it a four-run margin.
Jason Giambi singled home Jonathan Herrera to get the Rox on the board in the
first, then Colorado put up four runs in the third as a Colvin single plus
Hamilton throwing error plated two as did Nelson's base hit.
The lead grew to 8-0 in the fourth as Herrera doubled in Fowler, who began the
frame with a single, and Cuddyer later scored two on a two-out double.
Cruz answered with a solo homer in the home half, but the Rockies tacked on
three more in the top of the fifth as Nieves homered to left center after
Nelson hit a leadoff double and Fowler followed with his blast to right
Colorado has beaten Texas three out of the last four meetings since June of
2006, upped its record over the Rangers to 11-9 overall since interleague
play began, and 4-6 in Arlington...Saturday marked the Rockies' first win in
11 tries against AL West competition this season.
06/24 01:32:23 ET