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Tuesday’s Red Sox-Rangers matchups: John Lackey vs. Colby Lewis

08.23.11 at 4:37 am ET
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The Red Sox will take on the Rangers in the second game of a four-game series in Texas Tuesday night. Each team will send an 11-game winner to the mound. John Lackey (11-9 6.02) will get the ball for the Red Sox and be opposed by Colby Lewis (11-8, 3.83).

Lackey enters the game winning six of his last seven decisions, but suffered the loss in his last outing last Wednesday against the Rays. Despite the the loss Lackey pitched fairly well. He went 6 2/3 innings allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits and struck out seven.

After his worst outing of the season on July 4 Lackey’s ERA was 7.47. He has seen his ERA drop 1.45 since, as now it sits at 6.02. Also since the July 4 start, he has allowed four runs or fewer in all of his starts except for one. That came on Aug. 1 when he allowed five against the Indians.

Tuesday marks Lackey’s 35th career start against the Rangers, which is the most against any opponent. Lifetime he is 11-13 with a 6.07 ERA. He has faced the Rangers once this season, which came in his first start of the year back on April 2. The right-hander struggled, allowing nine runs on ten hits in just 3 2/3 innings. The Red Sox lost the game 12-5.

Lewis comes into the game pitching quite well. In his last start on Aug. 18 he pitched seven shutout innings, striking out seven in the Rangers’ 2-1 loss to the Angels. Lewis got a no decision. The start before that on Aug. 13 against the Athletics Lewis went 6 1/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits and striking out eight in the Rangers’ 7-1 win.

The Rangers right-hander has appeared in nine games against the Red Sox including five starts against the Red Sox over the course of his career and has posted a 2-1 record with a 3.38 ERA. Lewis also started the April 2 game against the Red Sox, and earned the win. He went six innings and allowed three runs on six hits.

The Red Sox don’t have too much experience against Lewis, as only three players have double-digit plate appearances against him. In 15 plate appearances, David Ortiz has four hits including three home runs, but he will not be in the lineup as he is still working his way back from right heel bursitis.

On the other hand the Rangers have plenty of experience against Lackey and have enjoyed a great deal of success. As a team they are hitting .356 against him. Ian Kinsler leads the way as in 31 plate appearances he is hitting .480 with three home runs and seven RBIs.

RED SOX VS. LEWIS

David Ortiz (15 plate appearances): .286 BA/.333 OBP/.929 SLG, 3 home runs, 5 RBIs, 4 strikeouts

Marco Scutaro (14): .083/.214/.083, 2 strikeouts

Carl Crawford (12): .200/.333/.200, 3 strikeouts

Dustin Pedroia (8): .250/.250/.375

Jacoby Ellsbury (4): .000/.250/.000, 2 strikeouts

Jarrod Saltalamacchia (4): .000/.000/.000, 3 strikeouts

Jason Varitek (4): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts

Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Reddick have three and two plate appearances respectively against Lewis. Gonzalez is 3-for-3, white Reddick is hitless.

Mike Aviles, Ryan Lavarnway, Jed Lowrie and Darnell McDonald have not faced the Rangers’ starter.

RANGERS VS. LACKEY

Michael Young (95 plate appearances): .360 BA/.400 OBP/.517 SLG, 15 RBIs, 10 strikeouts

Ian Kinsler (31): .480/.548/.880, 3 home runs, 7 RBIs

Josh Hamilton (27): .478/.556/.913, 3 home runs, 7 RBIs

Nelson Cruz (22): .286/.318/.286, 9 strikeouts

Elvis Andrus (17): .250/.250/.438

David Murphy (17): .385/.500/.538, 3 strikeouts

Endy Chavez (9): .500/.444/.500

Mike Napoli (8): .143/.250/.571, 3 strikeouts

Yorvit Torrealba (8): .250/.250/.500, 4 strikeouts

Taylor Teagarden (6): .167/.167/.167, 4 strikeouts

Mitch Moreland has faced Lackey twice, while Craig Gentry has only once. Both are hitless.

Omar Quintanilla has not faced the Red Sox starter.

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