April 17, 2016.

So this is what good baseball looks like.



A game like last night’s has so many noteworthy moments and plays. Fourteen hits, with two-double performances from Delino DeShields and Mitch Moreland. Nomar Mazara collecting three hits and a walk. The Rangers taking advantage of some sloppy Orioles plays in the seventh. The patience of waiting it out for the six-run seventh inning after so many frustrating at-bats where the Rangers hit Yovani Gallardo hard but had nothing to show for it.

But the one key to the game was the sixth inning Colby Lewis pitched. It set the tone for the big inning that would follow. It came after a less than stellar fifth inning in which he became the first Rangers starter of the season to give up more than three runs.

He refused to go out a loser, like he does so often with that fighter mentality, and came back for that sixth inning with a vengeance, striking out the side and keeping his team in it.

Not a single Rangers starter this year has left a game trailing by more than two runs, and Lewis kept up that string.

While it didn’t officially register as a quality start, it was a typical start from a quality starter.