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Lewis Bounces Back After Rough Stretch

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    ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 11: Colby Lewis #48 of the Texas Rangers pitches during the second inning during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 11, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

    Colby Lewis was great for the Texas Rangers over his first six starts of this season, and it carried over his from second half of the 2014 season, when he was the best starter the Rangers had, including Yu Darvish, who was shut down in August.

    The 35-year-old righty was carrying the Rangers' young, relatively inexperienced staff early in the year and helped keep the Rangers afloat while the offense was sputtering. But over a three-start stretch leading into Tuesday's outing, he struggled and was bordering on downright awful.

    In those three starts, Lewis was 1-1 with an 11.93 ERA and saw his season ERA jump from 2.40 to 4.70, thanks in large part to his outing last week in Cleveland when he allowed 10 runs on 11 hits in 2 2/3 innings.

    On Tuesday night, Lewis bounced back in a big way when he made just one mistake — a two-run homer from Adam Eaton — but was otherwise flawless. He worked seven innings, gave up just those two runs, fanned four and walked none while needing just 94 pitches to get through the seven innings in the Rangers' 15-2 rout of the White Sox.

    Lewis had a quick 1-2-3 first inning and then watched as his offense put up four runs in the bottom of the first. From that point, Lewis was basically in cruise control and pitched like a veteran should with a comfortable lead.

    It was great to see Lewis get back on his horse after it appeared he had fallen off it.