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Rangers Vs Rockies: Texas Wins 4-1, Oswalt Impresses

In front a franchise record-tying 21st sellout crowd of the season, the Texas Rangers against the Colorado Rockies. Friday nights have usually been sellouts for the Rangers, but this Friday night had another reason for the sellout: the Ranger debut of Roy Oswalt. He did not disappoint.

The Rangers got out to an early 4-0 lead courtesy of an Adrian Beltre two-run home run in the first and a a Nelson Cruz RBI double and Mike Napoli solo shot in the fourth.

Oswalt pitched better than the Rangers could have asked. He threw six scoreless innings before allowing his first run with two outs in the seventh. Dexter Fowler hit a two-out triple and scored on a Marco Scutaro double, making the score 4-1. That would be the end of Oswalt's night.

Oswalt's final line was 6 2/3 innings with one earned run and nine hits with six strikeouts to only one walk. Of his 110 pitches, a whopping 81 were strikes. Even more telling of Oswalt's performance was the fact that 14 Colorado hitters fell behind 0-2 to Oswalt and only one got ahead 2-0. Additionally, Oswalt only had two 3-ball counts (one a strikeout of Jason Giambi, and the other a walk to Carlos Gonzalez).

Robbie Ross would come in and get Gonzalez to ground out to Ian Kinsler to retire the side. Ross would stay in to pitch the eighth, but only got two outs before he was pulled for Mike Adams. Ross' final line was one inning, two hits and no runs. Adams would give up a hit, but recorded the final out of the inning unscathed.

The Ranger bats were practically silent in the second half of the game, but the four runs scored were plenty behind Oswalt and the bullpen.

Joe Nathan would come in to pitch a 1-2-3 ninth with two strikeouts to record his 16th save of the season, securing a 4-1 victory for the Rangers and Oswalt's first win of the season.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.