TORONTO (AP) — Colby Lewis didn’t let a rough finish to the first half spoil his All-Star break. Still, he lost again in his return to the mound Saturday.
Marcus Stroman pitched seven shutout innings to stop a three-start winless streak, Dan Johnson had two RBIs and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 4-1, sending Lewis to consecutive losses for the first time this season.
Rested and refreshed after some time with his family, Lewis said he hadn’t been dwelling on his previous outing. He allowed a team-record 13 runs – 11 earned – in 2 1-3 innings during a July 10 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.
“I went to the lake with my family, had a couple of beers, hung out,” Lewis said. “It was a good time to relax the mind and relax the body a little bit.”
Lewis (6-7) gave up two runs and eight hits in five innings.
“I felt like my stuff was great,” Lewis said. “I was able to locate, especially a lot of the offspeed stuff. The changeup was really good today.”
Lewis was less pleased with Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus, who bunted for a base hit with two outs in the fifth, then endured a verbal barrage from the mound.
“You’re up by two runs with two outs and lay down a bunt,” Lewis said. “I don’t think that’s the way the game should be played. I let him know and that was about it.”
Rasmus shrugged off suggestions that he’d done anything wrong.
“I’m not here to try and please the other side,” Rasmus said. “I’m here to help my team and saw an opportunity where I could.”
Melky Cabrera had three hits as the Blue Jays won for the first time in four games. Toronto had lost nine of 11 coming in.
Stroman (5-2) allowed four hits, all singles, walked none and struck out five, improving to 4-1 with a 1.73 ERA in six home starts.
Stroman’s most challenging inning was the fourth, which began with singles by Daniel Robertson and Adrian Beltre. Stroman struck out Jake Smolinski and Leonys Martin, then got J.P. Arencibia to ground into a forceout.
“We just couldn’t cash in a base hit there.” Rangers manager Ron Washington said.
Elvis Andrus hit an RBI single off Dustin McGowan in the eighth, but the Rangers left the bases loaded when McGowan struck out Smolinski.
With regular closer Casey Janssen unavailable because of illness, Aaron Loup gopt three outs for his third save in six chances.
Texas, which stopped an eight-game losing streak with Friday’s 5-1 victory, has not strung together consecutive wins since beating Minnesota on June 27 and 28 and has the worst record in the major leagues at 39-58.
Toronto took a 2-0 lead in the fourth. Rasmus singled, went from first to third on a wild pitch and scored on Johnson’s RBI double off the wall in right. Three batters later, Johnson came home on Munenori Kawasaki’s infield single.
Toronto made it 4-0 in the seventh against Ryan Feierabend on Dioner Navarro’s RBI single and Johnson’s sacrifice fly.
Rangers outfielder Alex Rios left after spraining his right ankle on a swing in the first inning. X-rays were negative. Rios was replaced by Robertson.
“It’s not bad, but I’m going to keep him off that turf tomorrow,” Washington said. “Hopefully he’ll be ready to go when we get to New York.”
NOTES: Time was called when a pair of pigeons walked between the plate and the mound in the bottom of the eighth. When Beltre tried to shoo the birds away, they walked toward first base. … Texas RHP Nick Martinez (back) threw a bullpen session before the game and will start Tuesday against the Yankees, Washington said. RHP Miles Mikolas is to pitch against the Yankees on Monday. … Making his second straight start at DH, Shin-Soo Choo went 0 for 4. Choo is hitless in 21 at bats, including 11 strikeouts. Washington said Choo will get the day off Sunday, with Beltre starting at DH. … Rangers RHP Nick Tepesch (3-5) faces Blue Jays LHP Mark Buehrle (10-6) in Sunday’s series finale. Buehrle is winless in seven starts.