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Lewis' gem keeps him among league leaders

Lewis' gem keeps him among league leaders

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HOUSTON -- Colby Lewis' complete-game two-hitter on Saturday night allowed him to maintain his standing among the best pitchers in the American League. When they come to selecting pitchers for the All-Star Game, Lewis could have an excellent set of credentials to be considered.

Lewis has now held opponents to a .187 batting average, the lowest in the AL. Boston's Jon Lester is second with a .206 average. The lowest by a Rangers pitcher was a .172 average by Nolan Ryan in 1991.

Opponents are hitting .143 off Lewis with runners in scoring position. That's the third lowest in the league behind Jason Vargas (.117) of Seattle and David Price (.132) of Tampa Bay. The lowest in club history is .157, set by Ryan in 1990.

Lewis is also 10th in the league with a 3.07 ERA, seventh with 93 2/3 innings pitched and sixth with 90 strikeouts. He is fourth in allowing 9.61 baserunners per nine innings and his 6.05 hits per nine innings is the lowest in the league.

Lewis walked none and struck out nine in a 5-1 victory over the Astros on Saturday. The last Rangers pitcher throw a complete game with two hits or fewer, no walks and at least nine strikeouts was Ferguson Jenkins on Aug. 31, 1974, against Cleveland.

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