ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Colby Lewis lost his fifth straight start in the right-hander’s tuneup for the playoffs, allowing Corey Dickerson’s three-run homer in the Tampa Bay Rays’ 4-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.
It was Lewis’ fourth start after missing more than two months with a muscle injury in his right arm and shoulder.
All four runs off Lewis (6-5) came in the third inning and were unearned because of second baseman Rougned Odor’s error on a hard grounder from Kevin Kiermaier three batters before Dickerson’s career high-tying 24th homer.
The Rangers rested most of their starters a night after the AL West winners clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Texas (95-66) remains a win shy of the franchise record.
Jake Odorizzi (10-6) struck out eight in six innings, giving up his only run on Robinson Chirinos’ eighth homer in the sixth.
Alex Colome pitched around Dickerson’s dropped fly ball leading off the ninth for his 37th save.