ARLINGTON -- Colby Lewis had his streak of 25 2/3 walkless innings come to an immediate end on Saturday night. Lewis walked Ben Zobrist, the second batter he faced, in the first inning of his 7-2 victory over the Rays. He came up four innings short of the club record set by Jon Matlack in 1978.
"I wasn't thinking about that, I was just trying to get outs," Lewis said. "I walked three guys and hit one. That was 20 extra pitches that I threw. I threw 96 pitches and I should have been right at 76 pitches."
Reliever Koji Uehara has the new walkless streak going for the Rangers. He has gone 25 appearances without allowing a walk, two more than the previous club best of 23 straight appearances by Brian Shouse in 2005. Uehara, whose streak goes back to Aug. 6, 2011, has not allowed a walk in 21 2/3 innings.
Lewis has another streak going. Opponents are 0-for-21 against him with runners in scoring position. That's the most at-bats in those situations without allowing a hit in the Major Leagues.