ARLINGTON -- Rangers starter Colby Lewis, pitching in a scoreless game, was ahead 0-and-2 in the count to Corey Patterson. Lewis wanted the Blue Jays outfielder to chase a high fastball, get him to swing and miss, and be done with the fifth inning."We wanted to elevate it," Lewis said. "It was up in his eyes and he stayed on top it. Sometimes it goes your way and sometimes it doesn't." That's the way it has been for Lewis this season. He is the one Rangers' starting pitcher who has had his troubles, and it continued that way Monday night. Lewis gave up six runs in the fifth, and the Rangers couldn't recover in a 6-4 loss to the Blue Jays at the Ballpark in Arlington. The loss snapped Texas' three-game winning streak. Michael Young had a pair of doubles to extend his hitting streak to 15 games, but he wasn't interested in that. "That doesn't matter to me," Young said. "I'm playing to win the game. That's all." The Rangers lost to rookie right-hander Kyle Drabek, who allowed three runs in six innings. Texas managed just one hit through four innings against him and didn't get on the scoreboard until Yorvit Torrealba hit a two-out, bases-empty home run in the bottom of the fifth. That came after Toronto's six-run rally in the top of the fifth. "One bad inning," Lewis said. "Drabek's got good stuff," Young said. "He threw a good cutter, a good sinker, breaking ball and changeup. He had good stuff and that's what we heard coming in. He did well."
All six runs scored against Lewis were the result of three home runs. Two walks in the inning also hurt, and those have been two problems for Lewis this season.He has allowed eight home runs in 22 innings and he has walked 4.1 batters per nine innings. He walked 2.9 per nine innings last season. His strikeouts per nine innings have also dipped from 8.8 per nine innings last season to 5.7 after four starts this season. "I felt great," Lewis said. "I felt like I had the best stuff I've had all year. I'll take what I did the first four innings and go from there." Lewis is 1-3 with a 6.95 ERA after four starts. The other Rangers starters are 12-2 with a 2.92 ERA. "I thought he was real good," manager Ron Washington said. "Things happened early and he was able to pitch around it. In the fifth inning things just became unraveled. If he can continue to do what he did in the first four innings, things will be all right. "One thing about baseball ... it will challenge you. He's challenged. We're challenged. He's going to get through this. He's healthy. We're going to keep giving him the ball. He'll figure it out." Lewis got in trouble in the fifth when walked Travis Snider to lead off the inning. Snider was hitting .167 coming into the game. Lewis retired the next two batters on fly balls before Yunel Escobar kept the inning going with a single to left. That brought up Patterson, and he changed everything, chasing the 0-2 fastball that he clobbered over the right-field fence for a three-run home run. "As long as you're seeing the ball well and you're relaxed before you step in that box, you'll be surprised what your body can do," Patterson said. "If I had swung and missed or popped it up, somebody would have said get the ball down. I don't worry about that." Lewis, on his next pitch, tried a slider to Jose Bautista and he hit it into the left-field seats for his Major League-leading eighth home run of the season. "I threw a good first-pitch slider for a strike to Bautista," Lewis said. "Apparently he was sitting on it." Lewis then walked Adam Lind, and Juan Rivera followed with his first home run of the season, a line drive into the right-field seats that made it 6-0. The Blue Jays have hit 29 homers over their last 12 games against the Rangers. Torrealba's home run allowed Texas to break through against Drabek and the Rangers added two more in the sixth on a pair of run-scoring doubles by Ian Kinsler and Young. But that was it until a ninth-inning home run by Nelson Cruz that proved significant only in that it was his first in 14 games. "We had our opportunities," Washington said. "Sometimes you can come back. Tonight, we couldn't."
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.