Lewis notched his first win in more than five weeks and half of Texas' six hits were home runs as the Rangers posted a 4-2 victory over the
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Texas got superb pitching during its season-high seven-game winning streak but had seen its starters give up 10 runs in its last two games - both losses.
Lewis (4-3) reversed the trend, allowing just one run and four hits in five-plus innings. He walked two and struck out five in notching his first win since April 20.
"It was good for me to come out and throw well," he said. "It feels good. It's a good building block for me."
The 23-year-old righthander retired 11 consecutive batters before allowing a leadoff single to
in the fifth. He gave up an RBI double to
later in the inning but kept the damage to a minimum.
Lewis opened the sixth with a walk to
and left after throwing just 73 pitches. It was the first time in six starts he lasted past the fifth inning.
hit a solo homer - his 15th of the season - in the seventh inning as Texas had three homers and three singles off Reyes, who was pitching in the major leagues for the first time since June 2000.
"Our bullpen pitched four (solid) innings," Texas manager Buck Showalter said. "I thought Shouse pitched a good part of the ball game for us."
It was the 10th homer of the month for Huff, who eclipsed
's team record for the most in May. He tied
's team mark for most home run in any month.
Reyes, a 34-year-old righthander, threw 54 of 86 pitches for strikes and had two strikeouts in seven innings.
"I'm not the kind of person to be satisfied with that," he said. "I know myself and what I'm capable of doing and I didn't do it. I put pressure on myself, but I know I'm better than that."
"He didn't pitch poorly," Tampa Bay manager
said. "I wouldn't be too harsh on him. He pitched seven innings and kept us in the game. (Throwing) 86 pitches in seven innings is the best pitch count we've had all year."
Reyes needed just nine pitches to get through the first inning, but Palmeiro, a Tampa native, followed a video tribute by driving a 1-0 pitch over the right-center field wall to start the second.
"It was nice, I wasn't expecting it," Palmeiro said of the tribute. "I don't know if it was nice treat for them, but it was nice for me."
"That was a pretty classy move on Tampa's part," Showalter said. "That doesn't happen in a lot of ballparks we go into."
Gonzalez walked and, after
popped out, Teixeira hit his second homer in as many games.
"Anytime I can contribute is a great plus," Teixeira said. "We have so much power in the order and when I can contribute from the bottom of the order, it's a big plus."