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