Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, May 20th
(All times Eastern)
Texas Rangers (25-16) at Houston Astros (18-22), 2:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Texas - Colby Lewis (3-3, 3.63)
Houston - Jordan Lyles (0-0, 3.00)
(Sports Network) - The power potential of the Rangers' lineup is well known
throughout the league and that could spell trouble today for Astros starter
Houston, though, may be able to keep up in the power department with Colby
Lewis set to take the mound for Texas in the rubber match of a three-game
Lyles has made just two starts this season, but has allowed three homers over
12 innings. Two of those came on Tuesday in Philadelphia as he was charged
with three runs -- one earned -- over six innings in his first outing since
April 29. He was recalled from the minors prior to the outing and has a 3.00
earned run average without a decision this season.
"Lyles threw the ball extremely well. He did a great job coming up here for
this," said impressed Astros manager Brad Mills.
Lyles, a 21-year-old righty, will start at home for the first time in 2012 and
is 0-1 with a 5.54 ERA in two starts against Texas, yielding three homers over
Lewis, meanwhile, has allowed 12 homers over eight starts this season,
including six in his last two outings. He yielded five longballs in a loss to
the Orioles on May 10, then gave up another homer in a setback to the Royals
five days later.
It was Lewis' third straight losing start and he was charged with seven runs,
including just two earned after he committed a pair of errors in the 5 2/3-
inning appearance. The righty is 3-3 with a 3.63 ERA on the year.
Lewis, 32, is 2-1 with a 1.97 ERA in seven career games versus the Astros,
including four starts.
Houston hit a season-high three homers in Saturday's 6-5 victory to draw even
in this series, getting two-run shots from Carlos Lee and Justin Maxwell as
well as a solo homer by Chris Snyder.
Travis Buck added a pinch-hit, RBI double for the Astros, who rallied from an
early 4-0 deficit to win for the third time in four games. Lucas Harrell got
the win as he gave up four runs -- one earned -- on five hits with three walks
and six strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings.
The Rangers led by four runs after the top of the third as Adrian Beltre hit a
run-scoring single two batters before David Murphy drilled a three-run inside-
the-park home run.
Murphy's shot to center fell between Maxwell and Jordan Schafer before rolling
all the way to the wall. Schafer and Maxwell nearly collided and Schafer
suffered a left ankle sprain on the play that could hold him out of today's
Derek Holland couldn't hold the lead for the Rangers, who have lost four of
six. He was charged with five runs on five hits and two walks in five innings
to suffer the loss.
"When you get a lead like that my job is to go down and shut them out.
Obviously I didn't do that," Holland said. "It's just very frustrating for
something like that, to come out and work hard. You get out there and barely
make it five innings."
The Rangers have won this series in each of the past three seasons, with Texas
winning four of six meetings in 2011. The defending American League champions
have won 15 of their last 20 against the Astros as well as nine of their last
11 in Houston.
05/20 10:37:46 ET