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HOU@TEX: Lewis strikes out 10 through seven frames

The Rangers will go for their eighth straight victory and third straight series win, while the Rockies will try to avoid losing their fifth series in a row Saturday at the Ballpark of Arlington.

Colby Lewis will take the mound for Texas, looking to build upon the success Roy Oswalt enjoyed in winning his Rangers debut Friday night. In the 4-1 victory, Oswalt gave up nine hits in 6 2/3 innings, but held the Rockies to one run, the third time in six games they've had as low an output.

Lewis' last four starts have gone well, as he's allowed six runs in 20 2/3 innings. Against Houston on Sunday, he struck out 10 and yielded just three hits.

Lewis has struck out 84 and walked 12, the best ratio in the Majors. It's also the best in club history and the 12th-best for one single season since 1972.

"All it is is just going out and starting games, trying to get quick outs and keep guys off the bases," Lewis said. "This year that has worked very well. Not walking guys definitely helps not giving up runs."

Josh Outman (0-3) will try to right the ship for the Rockies, who have won only three games since June 5. Outman is part of a four-man rotation with a Major League-high 6.31 ERA. Manager Jim Tracy instilled a 75-pitch count limit for his starters earlier in the week, hoping a strong bullpen could do most of the work.

It paid off Thursday in Philadelphia, with Jeff Francis keeping the game under control and reliever Josh Roenicke earning the win. On Friday night against Texas, starter Christian Friedrich threw 73 pitches, but made the most of them, lasting six innings.

This will be Outman's second go-round with the new limit. He threw 72 pitches in 4 1/3 innings against Philadelphia on Tuesday, striking out three and walking four, while allowing four runs.

"They're trying to get the bullpen on a better schedule," Outman said after the 7-2 loss. "This is what they think is going to work, so I'm on board."

Rockies: Rosario continues to impress
• In his 39th start, rookie catcher Wilin Rosario was a bright spot in Friday's loss, collecting three hits. He entered Friday leading Major League rookies, as well as National League catchers, in home runs with 11, and his 32 RBIs put him ahead of all other Major League rookies.

Rangers: Birthday boy gets caught
• On his 30th birthday, Ian Kinsler went 0-for-3, but did reach when he was hit by a pitch in the fifth. However, he was promptly picked off by Rockies starter Christian Friedrich.

Worth noting
• There are 4,500 reserved seats available for Saturday's game, while 1,000 seats remain for Sunday's game.

• In four career starts against the Rangers, Outman is 1-1 with a 4.43 ERA in 22 1/3 innings.

• The Rockies must win one of the next two games against the Rangers to avoid becoming the first team to finish with fewer than two wins in Interleague Play in a season.

• The Rangers have won 11 of their last 13 games, all against National League teams.

• Despite Derek Holland and Alexi Ogando being on the disabled list, Texas starters have a 1.98 ERA those last 13 games.

• Lewis has never pitched against the Rockies.

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