Extra inning doesn't tarnish Lewis' perfect day

Extra inning doesn't tarnish Lewis' perfect day

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Colby Lewis had no trouble talking his way into an extra inning Saturday against the White Sox. Going for the perfect game, though, was probably not a realistic option.

The Rangers' right-hander needed just 36 pitches to toss four perfect innings in Texas' 3-2 loss, though he was only scheduled to throw three.

"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 or 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," Lewis said. "So I threw another inning and it worked out good."

Lewis struck out five batters, including all three -- Chicago's Paul Konerko, Adam Dunn and A.J. Pierzynski -- in the second.

"He was hitting his spots with his fastball, dropping a couple breaking balls with two strikes," manager Ron Washington said. "Moved it around, kept it down. Didn't elevate it much today at all."

It was a pleasant bounce-back outing for Lewis, who surrendered two earned runs in as many innings in his Spring Training debut against the Royals on Sunday, walking one and surrendering a home run. He was 14-10 with a 4.40 ERA last year, his second in a row logging at least 200 innings.

Lewis said he knew he was in line for a perfect game Saturday -- at a pace to do it in a remarkable 81 pitches, no less -- but also knew it wasn't an option at this point in the year.

"It would have been kind of cool if it was midseason form to see how long you can go," Lewis said. "But it was a good time to go out there and pound the strike zone and get outs and get quick outs."