ARLINGTON -- Colby Lewis has declined to give an explanation for what's going on with him on the mound.
"I don't read much into it," Lewis said. "You know me, I just go out and have fun and do my deal. I haven't changed anything. I haven't worked on anything. Sometimes baseball is good, sometimes it is."
Right now baseball is good for Lewis. So is his health, command, fastball location and the bite of his slider. Put them all together and Lewis continues to show what he can do as he gets farther away from the major elbow surgery of 2012 and hip replacement operation of '13.
Lewis held the Royals to one run in seven innings and the Rangers won for the seventh time in 10 games with an 8-2 victory on Monday night. The Royals entered the game with the best record in the American League.
Lewis allowed three hits, two walks and struck out five.
"Wow, doesn't surprise us really, the competitor that he is" manager Jeff Banister said. "You can see the look. He talks about how good he feels, the warhorse in the middle of our rotation. You can see the focus in his face, he pours the zone with his fastball and slider, keeps the hitter off-balance and doesn't give in. It's a very nice look how he shows up every night."
Lewis is 2-0 with a 0.86 ERA in his last three starts. In 21 innings, he has allowed 11 hits, five walks and 19 strikeouts. For the season, he is 3-2 with a 2.40 ERA while holding opponents to a .220 average and a 1.02 WHIP.
"He looks confident, he looks healthy," third baseman Adrian Beltre said. "He is hitting his spots and his slider has good bite. He is making hitters look bad. What he went through was tough, but he looks healthy, he looks like a guy who really competes out there."
Lewis retired the first nine hitters as the Rangers built a 4-0 lead. Lewis ran into trouble in the fourth and the Royals had runners on second and third with two outs when Kendrys Morales lined a single to center.
Alcides Escobar scored from third and Mike Moustakas tried to do the same from second. But center fielder Leonys Martin threw him out with a powerful, accurate throw to the plate to end the inning with the Rangers leading, 4-1.
"I knew the ball was hit hard and Moustakas is a slow guy," Martin said. "I just went hard and threw the ball hard. When I got the ball, he hadn't touched third base yet. I knew I had a good chance."
Lewis called it a huge play.
"They could have cut the lead in half and led me to throwing more pitches that inning," Lewis said. "They could have taken advantage of that."
Other than that, Lewis was in command for seven innings.