By John Henry, The Sports Xchange
ARLINGTON, Texas - Colby Lewis retired the last 13 hitters he faced in his strongest outing of the season and the Texas Rangers took two of three games from the New York Yankees with a 3-2 victory on Wednesday night.
Lewis (7-8), a right-hander, gave up solo home runs in the first and third innings but otherwise went unscathed, setting down 17 of the last 19 batters he faced.
He gave up two runs, four hits and two walks with four strikeouts in seven innings for Texas (43-65), which won its first series in more than a month. Lewis, who had lost his past three decisions, has given up three earned runs or fewer in four of his last five starts.
Right-handed reliever Neftali Feliz pitched a perfect ninth for his third save in three opportunities this season.
The Rangers scored all of their runs in the first inning. Shortstop Elvis Andrus had a run-scoring double followed by RBI base hits from third baseman Adrian Beltre and center fielder Leonys Martin. Andrus' double drove in designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo, who singled to lead off, and Beltre and Martin followed with run-scoring base hits.
Beltre, who has had a hit, run and RBI in four consecutive games, and left fielder Jim Adduci both went 2-for-4.
Hiroki Kuroda (7-7) took the loss for New York (55-52), which dropped 5 1 / 2games behind first-place Baltimore in the American League East. He struck out three and gave up three runs, nine hits and a walk in seven innings.
Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner hit his second leadoff home run in as many days and the fifth of his career. It was also his fourth home run of the series.
Gardner was 1-for-4 with strikeouts in two of his last three at-bats and went 8-for-14 in the series.
Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury had a home run in the third inning, representing Lewis' only other glitch on his line.
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, honored before the game in his last appearance in Arlington, went 0-for-4. Designated hitter Carlos Beltran was 2-for-4.
NOTES: Texas C Geovany Soto, on the 15-day disabled list due to a right groin strain, expects to begin a rehab stint with Triple-A Round Rock on Friday, with a return to the Rangers preliminarily set for Aug. 8. … The Rangers honored Yankees SS Derek Jeter in a pregame ceremony and presented him with cowboy boots and a $10,000 check to his foundation. Former President George W. Bush presented Jeter with a signed picture showing the two before the 2001 World Series. … Texas LHP Derek Holland, recovering from knee surgery, pitched two scoreless innings in his first rehab start for Double-A Frisco. He gave up no hits and two walks while striking out four in 33 pitches.Copyright © 2015, CT Now