ADDISON, Texas -- Again, thanks to all of you that joined us on the in-game chat and at Buffalo Wild Wings in Addison. Some quick thoughts on the game (put together by a group of us while eating wings):
* That's the Rangers' first road series win since the early April when they visited Baltimore to start the first road trip of the season.
* Colby Lewis was better than his counterpart on Wednesday. And that's saying something. Lewis had good fastball command, mixed his pitches and hit both corners. His slider was particularly effective, creating a nasty out pitch for him. And the curve ball had tremendous movement. Lewis wasn't afraid to throw those pitches at any time. He had seven strikeouts, pitched out of a few jams, but was solid the rest of the way, facing the minimum in three innings. It looked like the Lewis that baffled the Yankees in the ALCS last year.
* Lewis went eight shutout innings, giving up four hits, two walks and eight strikeouts. He threw 113 pitches, 77 for strikes and his ERA is now 3.48.
* Neftali Feliz came in with a three-run lead and a chance to get some of his confidence back and took advantage. After allowing a leadoff single, he got Matt Joyce to pop out to short and Evan Longoria popped out to second. Feliz was still reliant mainly on the fastball, but he had good command with it (unlike his last few outings). He did throw a nice curve to Longoria for a strike, giving him a different look.
* David Price got in a rhythm early and the Rangers couldn't do much to disrupt it. He pitched quickly and efficiently, allowing three hits. The Rangers didn't get a runner into scoring position until the fifth, but did manage to get a run in at that point. They added two more later (more on that in moments). Still, Price had great stuff. The best example: He struck out Michael Young and Mike Napoli, two of the Rangers' hottest hitters, three times each.
* The Rangers scored two critical runs in the eighth with two outs. They did it with a combination of patience and aggression. With two outs, Craig Gentry doubled. Ian Kinsler was down 1-2 in the count and took three straight balls to earn a walk. Manager Ron Washington decided to double steal with Elvis Andrus at the plate, putting runners in scoring position. When Andrus singled to right, both Gentry and Kinsler scored to make it 3-0. The Rangers ended up with four stolen bases in the inning. That included Andrus, who is now 16-for-16 in 2011.
* Andrus made a nice play on a double play ball started by Lewis in the third. The grounder came back to the pitcher and his throw was a little wide of second base. Andrus stretched to get it and was able to throw falling down to first baseman Mike Napoli to make the play.
* Nelson Cruz had two hits against Price on Wednesday, including a big one in the fifth. With Adrian Beltre at second, Cruz hit a single to center to score the first run of the game. He has now hit safely in five straight games and is 9-for-21 in that stretch, a .428 average. Cruz had three singles, two of them off Price.
* Cruz went to second on a wild pitch with no outs and Mike Napoli at home plate. Napoli wasn't able to move the runner, striking out. That was a big at-bat in that the Rangers weren't able to score a second run despite having a runner at scoring position with no outs. Torrealba grounded out, sending Cruz to third and then Craig Gentry flied out.
* Yorvit Torrealba made a great throw to second base to get Sam Fuld on a stolen base attempt in the sixth. Fuld got on base via a leadoff walk, a no-no for any starter, but Torrealba made sure it didn't matter by throwing him out. That helped the Rangers execute the shutdown inning, something they didn't do on Tuesday.