Lewis' brilliant outing goes unrewarded

Power surge backs starter's 6 shutout innings before bullpen's collapse

Lewis' brilliant outing goes unrewarded

ARLINGTON -- Colby Lewis was outstanding for six scoreless innings. The offense delivered two home runs in a game for only the fourth time in 22 games, and the six extra-base hits were a season high.

All those wonderful things by the Rangers were wasted when the Athletics scored seven runs in the eighth inning of a 7-5 stunner on Friday night. The seven runs came against relievers Shawn Tolleson, Roman Mendez and Neftali Feliz, and the Rangers have now lost four in a row.

It was the first time in 32 years that the Rangers took a shutout into the eighth and then gave up seven runs in an inning.

"The bullpen has been strong all year," Lewis said. "It was a rare game for them. It's just one loss."

Lewis was trying to give the Rangers' starters their first win since Yovani Gallardo beat the Mariners on April 17 in Seattle. They were 0-6 with a 4.26 ERA in their previous 10 games before Lewis took the mound.

Lewis allowed only two hits and two walks, and did not allow a runner past first base. He struck out eight before leaving after throwing 97 pitches over six innings. But Lewis also chastised himself for walking two batters with two outs in an inning.

"Otherwise I could have pitched into the seventh," Lewis said.

The offense gave him early run support. Kyle Blanks and Prince Fielder had solo home runs that gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead. The Rangers had hit just one home run in their previous six games.

Blanks' solo home run

Shin-Soo Choo had a double in the fourth inning that snapped an 0-for-21 slump. Adrian Beltre had a run-scoring single in the seventh, his first RBI of the season aside from two solo home runs.

Beltre's RBI single

The five runs were the most the Rangers scored in nine innings since a 7-1 victory over the D-backs on April 21. But the Rangers were not able to come away with the victory.

"It's a tough loss, no doubt about it," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.