Colby Lewis’ career stats certainly don’t jump off the page and make you take notice.
On Friday, the 36-year-old right-hander commanded attention by taking a perfect game into the eighth inning against the A’s. He didn’t complete the 24th perfecto in major league history, but the right-hander threw a two-hitter to saddle the A’s with a 4-0 defeat.
The A’s went 21 up and 21 down before Danny Valencia led off the eighth inning with a double toward the left-field corner. That assured the A’s wouldn’t become a part of some unwanted history. The legendary Cy Young remains the only man to toss a perfect game against the A’s. He did it way back in 1904 as a member of the Boston Red Sox, in a 3-0 victory over the Philadelphia A’s.
The last no-hitter thrown against the A’s came in 1991, when four Baltimore Orioles accomplished the feat in a 2-0 win.
Starting pitching report
Jesse Chavez (7-15) got off to a rocky start, giving up three runs in the first, and that put Oakland in a hole they couldn’t escape from in the opener of a three-game series at Globe Life Park.
Mitch Moreland delivered a two-run double and Rougned Odor followed with a run-scoring double of his own to make it 3-0. From there, Chavez settled down and went six innings, giving up just the three runs on six hits. He struck out six and walked one.
The Rangers added to their lead in the seventh with a run off Dan Otero and Fernando Abad to make it 4-0. Fernando Rodriguez handled the eighth.
At the plate
The A’s hit a few balls on the nose throughout the evening, but right at Texas defenders leading up to Valencia’s breakthrough in the eighth. Lewis struck out four and didn’t walk anyone. Their best threat came in that eighth, but Valencia was left stranded at third.
In the field
Odor, the Rangers' second baseman, turned in what was, at the time, the game’s best play to lead off the top of the sixth. Max Muncy lined a ball that seemed ticketed for a base hit to right. But Odor was playing in shallow right as part of a shift, and he retreated and made a terrific lunging catch to keep Lewis’ perfect game bid intact to that point.
Eric Sogard got a start at short for the A’s and turned in a gem to end the fourth. With a runner at third, Sogard ranged right to make a backhanded stop and then made a mid-air throw across the diamond to get Shin-Soo Choo at first.
Sean Nolin (0-1, 4.50) is slated for his second start with the A’s in Saturday’s 5:05 p.m. game. He’ll oppose Yovani Gallardo (12-9, 3.16).