The result was predictable in the opener of a series between the best and worst teams in interleague play.
Texas (44-27) improved to 13-3 in interleague play with a 4-1 victory Friday in Roy Oswalt 's debut with the club. Oswalt allowed one run in 6 2-3 innings to win for the first time since Sept. 27.
His effort helped the Rangers lower their major league-best interleague ERA to 2.35.
Colorado (26-43) also lowered its interleague ERA to 6.50, but that's still baseball's worst mark. No team has ever gone through interleague play with only one victory, and the club has two games left.
The Rockies had 12 hits and left 10 men on base Friday while hitting into double plays in the seventh and eighth."We didn't play a bad ballgame at all," manager Jim Tracy said. "We had a bunch of hits. We just couldn't get the big hits."
The Rangers should feel good about their chances of beating a somewhat familiar face in Colorado's Josh Outman (0-3, 8.41 ERA), who will start Saturday. Outman fell to 0-2 with an 8.04 ERA in four 2012 starts after yielding four runs over 4 1-3 innings Tuesday in a 7-2 loss at Philadelphia.
The left-hander got a victory in his first career start by beating the Rangers in 2008 at home with Oakland. He went 0-1 with a 5.19 ERA in his next three outings against them - all in Arlington.
Hamilton leads all active players with a .633 interleague slugging percentage and is second with a .347 interleague average. He continues to lead the majors with 64 RBIs.
The slugger, however, is hitting .206 with 22 strikeouts in 17 games this month, matching his strikeout total from 25 contests in May.
The Rockies have drawn 2.38 walks per game in interleague play, the majors' third-worst average. That means this figures to be a favorable matchup for Texas starter Colby Lewis (6-5, 3.00), who allows baseball's fewest walks per nine innings (1.13).
Lewis has 17 strikeouts over back-to-back victories, with 10 over seven innings as he gave up one run Sunday in a 9-3 rout of Houston. The right-hander also owns baseball's best strikeout-to-walk ratio at 7.00.
"Try to pound the strike zone and get some quick outs, that's my M.O.," Lewis said.
The Rockies are one of five teams Lewis has never faced. He's 5-0 with a 1.42 ERA in his last six interleague outings.
Colorado's Jason Giambi is 5 for 7 with a homer and two doubles off Lewis. Giambi has served as the club's designated hitter in all four interleague road games, going 3 for 16 with five strikeouts and no walks.
|June 17, 2012||Carlos Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Sore right hamstring|
|June 03, 2012||Juan Nicasio||15-Day DL||Strained left knee|
|June 02, 2012||Jordan Pacheco||Day-to-Day||Sore left quadricep|
|June 02, 2012||Juan Nicasio||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained left knee|
|May 31, 2012||Troy Tulowitzki||15-Day DL||Strained left groin muscle|
|May 24, 2012||Ramon Hernandez||15-Day DL||Strained muscle, left hand|
|June 20, 2012||Mitch Moreland||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|June 16, 2012||Josh Hamilton||Day-to-Day||Intestinal virus|
|June 14, 2012||Koji Uehara||Day-to-Day||Strained right lat muscle|
|June 11, 2012||Alexi Ogando||15-Day DL||Strained right groin|
|June 10, 2012||Koji Uehara||15-Day DL||Strained right lat muscle|
|June 06, 2012||Derek Holland||15-Day DL||Let shoulder fatigue|
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Colorado Rockies starter Josh Outman went to the mound for the fifth inning with a 10-run lead.
While the Rockies held on for a much-needed 11-7 victory over the Texas Rangers , it ended up being a no-decision for the right-hander who was the first to start on short rest since manager Jim Tracy 's decision this week to go with a four-man rotation.
Even given extra pitches and another chance through the heart of the Texas lineup, Outman fell one out short of the required five innings to be eligible for his first victory with Colorado.
"At the end of the day, the team won, and that's the big picture," a clearly disappointed Outman said. "We got a team win. We came out and played. Besides one inning, we played a great game against the best team in baseball."
Tyler Colvin and Chris Nelson had consecutive two-out, two-run singles in the third to put Colorado up 5-0 against the two-time defending AL champions, who had won seven in a row.
Before Colorado's four-run third against Colby Lewis (6-6), the Rangers hadn't even allowed more than three runs in a game during their winning streak. Wil Nieves and Dexter Fowler - the Nos. 8 and 9 batters - homered on consecutive pitches in the fifth off reliever Michael Kirkman for three more runs and an 11-1 lead.
"I don't know that we've had a better offensive game all year long," Tracy said.
Six players had at least two hits for the Rockies, who won for only the third time in 16 games. They got their first win in 11 games this season against AL West teams.
Nelson Cruz homered twice for two-time defending AL champion Texas (44-28), which lost for only the third time in 14 games and still has the best record in the majors.
With a double-digit lead, and even though Outman was already past the 75-pitch limit Tracy is trying to impose on his starters, the lefty had two outs in the fifth before Adrian Beltre and Michael Young had consecutive RBI singles to make it 11-3. Outman slammed his glove against his leg in frustration when he was pulled from the game.
"Nothing that I'm going to repeat that went through my head," Outman said when asked what he was thinking.
"Trying to give the kid the opportunity to be involved in the decision," Tracy said. "He had done very well, and you know something, I gave him that rope and a little bit more. I gave him Josh Hamilton , I gave him Adrian Beltre , I gave him Michael Young , and the inning was still going."
Cruz, who had a solo shot an inning earlier off Outman, hit the first pitch from reliever Adam Ottavino over the center field wall for a three-run homer.
"I give him Nelson Cruz and he hits the ball in the bullpen off that kid, then personally for me, I've done it wrong," Tracy said. "But I tried to get him that fifth inning, really, really hard."
Outman allowed five runs and eight hits with three strikeouts and a walk. He threw 92 pitches.
When Cruz homered deep into the Colorado bullpen on a hanging 0-2 slider in the fourth, Outman slammed both of his hands to his knees.
"Right pitch, obviously very bad location," Outman said.
Rex Brothers (3-2), the third of five Colorado pitchers, threw two scoreless innings despite allowing leadoff doubles in both.
"They put runs on the board. They hit the ball hard all day," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "I don't know how you can say it's a game we should have won. ... They beat us. I've got no excuses."
The Rockies loaded the bases with three consecutive singles in the third before Colvin blooped a single to shallow left just out of the reach of shortstop Elvis Andrus . Nelson followed with a single up the middle for a 5-0 lead.
Jonathan Herrera dropped to one knee on his swing that resulted in an RBI double in the fourth before Michael Cuddyer 's two-run double made it 8-0. Nelson had a leadoff double off Kirkman before the homers by Nieves and Fowler.
Lewis struck out six with no walks. The right-hander had two complete games his previous three starts, and allowed only 11 earned runs over 44 innings his last six games.
"Hard day at the office," Lewis said. "They put the bat on the ball and made key hits when they needed to. They took advantage of mistakes. That's the way it goes."
NOTES: The Rockies led 1-0 after Herrera led off the game with a single and stole second and third bases - both steals coming on strikeout pitches - before Jason Giambi 's RBI single. Before that, Herrera had only seven stolen bases in 235 career games, and none this season. ... Colorado is 3-5 on its longest roadtrip of the season, which ends with Sunday's series finale. ... Left-hander Matt Harrison , 5-0 with a 1.43 ERA his last six starts, goes for Texas in the finale. Righty Alex White (2-5) starts for Colorado, four days after allowing five earned runs in 3 2-3 innings at Philadelphia.