Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 5/16/12
ARLINGTON, Texas Texas right-hander Colby Lewis was historically bad in his last start against Baltimore. Tuesday night against Kansas City, Lewis was just bad and may have been his own worst enemy. Lewis (3-3) allowed four runs in the first inning that was aided by his throwing error and seven overall as the Royals completed a two-game sweep of the Rangers with a 7-4 victory. The two-game sweep by Kansas City marks the first time since July 8-11, 2010 the Rangers have been swept at home. Lewis, the Opening Day starter for the Rangers, has had a dreadful month of May. He's now 0-3 with an ERA of 6.52 this month. He came into April with a 1.93 ERA. In 19 13 May innings, he's allowed 23 hits and eight home runs and is now tied for the major-league lead in homers allowed with 12. Against Baltimore he allowed three-consecutive homers to start the game. Tuesday night he didn't allow a first-inning homer but did give up four hits and added an ugly error on an easy ground ball to the game's second batter as his throw to first was nowhere near Mitch Moreland. It was the first of two errors in the game for Lewis and both of them led to unearned runs. "I checked the runner and told myself nice easy toss over there," said Lewis, who grabbed a comebacker of the bat of Eric Hosmer after a leadoff double by Jarrod Dyson. "I forced him (Dyson) back and threw it too long. Everybody commits errors sometimes and it just so happened I committed one and they took advantage of it." The Royals took advantage of Lewis in a big way. Following the error which put runners on second and third with no outs, Billy Butler hit an RBI grounder. After getting the second out, Lewis allowed the next four batters to reach with Brayan Pena and Chris Getz collecting run-scoring singles. By the time the inning ended, the Royals had batted around and Lewis was battered. It didn't get much batter in the next two innings as a Lewis error on a pickoff helped the Royals score another run in the second and Mike Moustakas hit a solo homer in the third. Despite an outing in which he threw 113 pitches in just 5 23 innings and allowed eight hits, walked two and hit one, Lewis is confident he can bounce back. "I was real good in the first five starts and just like anything else, it's just a little spell, a hiccup, whatever you want to call it," Lewis said. "I've got to bounce back and move on." Lewis lamented the first-inning error because that led to more pitches thrown and changed the complexion of the game. "It takes a lot of air out of the team especially when you go out there and give up four in the first," he said. "And two walks. And more pitches. If that doesn't happen, I go seven or eight innings easily." Lewis wasn't alone in wondering what the game would have been like without the errors by Lewis. The two throwing errors meant only two of the seven runs he allowed were owned. "If those plays don't happen it's a different ballgame," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "We've done that drill 1,000 times but pitchers keep throwing them away." While Lewis put the Rangers in a 6-0 hole, the offense did little to make a rally a possibility. One night after being baffled by soft-tossing lefty Bruce Chen, the Rangers were beat by Vin Mazzaro, who was making his first start for the Royals this season after spending the first month of the season starting in the minors. Mazzaro kept the Rangers off the board until the fourth inning. Texas cut the lead to 6-3 but Lewis gave up another run in the sixth inning. By that time the Royals had turned the game over to the bullpen and the Rangers were in deep trouble. Kansas City relievers retired the first 15 batters they faced and struck out seven Rangers in two four innings. For the second-consecutive night the Rangers rested regulars as Elvis Andrus and Nelson Cruz go the night off. Still, the Texas hitters felt like they should have got the job done. "Offense is going to come and go at different times in the year," said David Murphy, who went 1 for 4 with an RBI double. "You can throw a lot of different things out there. We're getting guys rest. Lineups are changing. We had a tough travel schedule and an emotional series against the Angels. Bottom line is we didn't put as many runs on the board as we needed to."
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