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Lewis perfect for four innings in Rangers' loss

Lewis perfect for four innings in Rangers' loss

Lewis perfect for four innings in Rangers' loss
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The final score of Saturday afternoon's contest at Camelback Ranch showed the White Sox with a 3-2 win over the Rangers, scoring three in the ninth against Miguel De Los Santos and claiming victory on a two-out infield single by Ken Williams Jr.

But that score didn't really capture the true story of this second Spring Training contest between the South Siders and the two-time defending American League champions. This game belonged to Texas starter Colby Lewis.

Lewis worked four perfect innings. He struck out five, including Paul Konerko, Adam Dunn and A.J. Pierzynski in order in the second, and never really yielded anything close to a hit.

"It was fun. I felt like I had real good command today and was able to mix all my pitches," said Lewis, who threw a mere 36 pitches in four innings. "I was at, like, 28 pitches or something and was only scheduled to go three, but they asked me if I wanted to go in the bullpen our out in the game, and I'd rather have them out in the game.

"There's a little more adrenaline when you're in the game. So I threw another inning and it worked out good."

Scott Feldman replaced Lewis in the fifth, and Konerko's leadoff single ended the perfect game, but Feldman still threw three scoreless innings.

While Lewis was flawless, the long-relief trio of Dylan Axelrod, Zach Stewart and Eric Stults were almost as good for the White Sox.

Axelrod started and permitted one run on three hits in two innings. Stewart and Stults followed with two scoreless innings apiece, as Stults fanned two.

David Murphy and Mike Olt topped the Rangers' offense with two hits each.

Up next for Rangers: The Rangers return home on Sunday to face the Indians at Surprise Stadium, with left-hander Derek Holland leading the way from the mound. Other Texas pitchers scheduled to throw are Greg Reynolds, Joe Beimel, Neal Cotts, Michael Kirkman and Justin Miller. Manager Ron Washington said Mike Napoli will be back in action Sunday after the catcher missed Saturday's game due to a nagging left groin. The Rangers will also have a "B" game, against the Royals, with right-hander Alexi Ogando slated to start.

Up next for White Sox: John Danks looks to find a little more control on the mound when he makes his second Cactus League start Sunday at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale against the Rockies. Danks walked three over two innings in his debut against the Angels on Tuesday. The ageless Jamie Moyer starts for the Rockies, facing a lineup featuring Brent Lillibridge leading off and playing shortstop, A.J. Pierzynski hitting second and Adam Dunn in the cleanup spot at first base.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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