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Lewis Turns in Another Stellar Outing

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    Starting pitcher Colby Lewis #48 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the second inning at Safeco Field on April 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

    Colby Lewis kept a few streaks going on Wednesday night with his eight-inning outing when he allowed just one run in the Rangers' rout of Houston.

    It, of course, continued the Rangers' win streak, which now sits at three games — the longest current win streak in the majors. It also continued a personal streak for Lewis — his third straight start to see his ERA lowered, down to its current state of 2.61, and his second straight quality start. But it also continued a streak, perhaps most importantly, for the Rangers' rotation, which now has turned in six quality starts in six May games.

    Lewis has been a rock on this staff, never wavering in his confidence after the rotation took huge hits by losing Yu Darvish for the season and Derek Holland for at least a couple of months. He hasn't been the best Rangers starter — that's been Nick Martinez — but he is that solid veteran presence who has been to battle before.

    He's also been incredibly efficient, which is a nice thing to see for the 35-year-old righty who has missed a lot of time in the past couple of years with two separate surgeries. He's thrown 100 pitches only once this year, and needed just 87 pitches to navigate his way through his eight innings of work on Wednesday night.

    Lewis has preached and preached this season about the upcoming reinforcements, both in the rotation and in the lineup, and if his confidence proves worthy and true, the Rangers could be in for a competitive season, after all.