ARLINGTON, Texas (AP)—Colby Lewis is working on perfecting his slider. It looked pretty good Friday night.
Lewis began using his slider in his last start Sunday against Toronto. The 24-year old right-hander first tinkered with the pitch after he was sent down to Triple A-Oklahoma in early June.
“It’s still a work in progress,” Lewis said. “I’ve been trying to use it more. The fastball and the slider were really working well. I was just trying to stay aggressive.”
Michael Young homered and drove in three runs as Texas sent Chicago to its third straight loss.
Lewis allowed four runs and seven hits in a season-high 7 2-3 innings to win his second straight start. He was relieved by Ron Mahay.
Loaiza (15-6) came into Friday’s game leading the AL with a 2.24 ERA. He allowed a season-high seven runs in five innings and had his four-game winning streak snapped.
It was just the second time in 25 starts Loaiza has allowed five or more runs in a game.
“That’s a good hitting team and they’ve been swinging the bats well,” Chicago manager Jerry Manuel said. “You always anticipate some runs being scored here.”
The Rangers led 8-0 after six innings, but the White Sox scored two in the seventh and three more in the eighth.
Carl Everett went 1-for-4 with a homer in his return to Texas. The Rangers traded Everett to the White Sox for three minor leaguers on July 1.
He hit a two-run homer in the eighth off Mahay to bring Chicago within 8-5. It was his 22nd home run of the season.
Lewis (6-7) struck out eight batters over the first four innings. His previous career high for strikeouts in a game was eight on April 5 against the Seattle Mariners.
“It was real encouraging to see a young pitcher come on like that, especially with all the work he has done,” Texas manager Buck Showalter said.
Young hit a two-run homer in the sixth off reliever Jon Adkins.
Texas opened the scoring with three runs in the third. Blalock had a two-run single and Palmeiro followed with a two-run double.
Young had a sacrifice fly in the fourth to score Ramon Nivar, who tripled leading off the inning.
The Rangers knocked Loaiza out of the game three batters into the sixth inning. Mark Teixeira was hit by a pitch, Laynce Nix singled and Jason Jones followed with a two-run double to end Loaiza’s night.
“They seemed to know what was coming,” Loaiza said. “Things just didn’t go my way tonight.”
Two outs later, Young hit his 11th homer of the season off Adkins to extend Texas’ lead to 8-0.
Chicago scored a pair of runs in the seventh on Konerko’s RBI groundout and Joe Crede’s RBI double.
Alomar was ejected by home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi after he was called on strikes to end the third inning. He slammed his bat down at the plate after the call and was tossed after arguing with home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi.
Nivar had an RBI single and Palmeiro added an RBI double in the eighth.
Texas OF Juan Gonzalez underwent an ultrasound test Friday and a pocket of fluid was discovered next to the muscle in his right calf. Head trainer Jamie Reed said after the game surgery would be needed to remove the fluid. Gonzalez, who has been on the 15-day DL since July 23 with the calf injury, told the club he wants a day or two to decide whether or not to have the procedure. … Alomar was also called out on strikes in the first. … Loaiza was the last Texas pitcher to strike out 10 batters on April 16, 2000, against Cleveland—a span of 595 games. … Loaiza’s ERA rose from 2.24 to 2.55 … Nix threw out Valentin trying to advance from first to third on Crede’s singleto end the fifth.