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Lewis Continues Promising Stretch

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    Colby Lewis was once again good on Sunday. He wasn't dominant by any means, but he was very, very effective.

    In fact, over the past month — possibly more — Lewis has been the Rangers' best starting pitcher, Derek Holland's recent return notwithstanding.

    On Sunday, Lewis went seven innings, which is becoming the norm for Lewis lately, and allowed just one run as the Rangers blew out the Braves to complete a three-game sweep — something they hadn't done since April.

    It's definitely helped Lewis that he has had insane run support recently. For some reason, the Rangers' offense likes to come to life when Lewis is on the mound, but give him credit for pitching well and focusing in situations that could actually be too comfortable.

    The win was Lewis' 10th of the year. One more will give him the club lead over Yu Darvish, who hasn't pitched in a month. He has an ERA of 5.12, which has slowly dwindled over the past month or so. And for the price Lewis will command this winter in free agency, he'll be an easy decision to re-sign as a No. 4, or even better, No. 5 starter for the 2015 season.

    Lewis is battle-tested and has a fierce competitive grit, and he's showing he still has the stuff to eat up innings and keep his team in games. And for a No. 4 or No. 5 starter, that's all you want.