The Texas Rangers' season-worst three-game losing streak is over. Colby Lewis' stretch of consecutive defeats ended at three the last time he took the ball.
Lewis goes for his first career victory in Seattle on Thursday night when the AL West-leading Rangers try to win two straight to end a seven-game trip.
After dropping three in a row, including a 4-3 loss in Tuesday's series opener, Texas (17-14) improved to 2-4 on its western swing with a 5-2 victory Wednesday.
Mitch Moreland and Chris Davis each hit a solo homer - the Rangers did not hit the ball out of the park during their losing streak - and C.J. Wilson struck out a career high-tying 12 in a six-hitter.
"I've seen him throw better games, but we certainly needed him to throw his best tonight,' said manager Ron Washington, whose team had lost seven of nine.
Texas' bullpen could get a much-needed lift later this week if closer Neftali Feliz returns from a stint on the disabled list due to right shoulder inflammation, but the club's starters have been steady, yielding two earned runs or fewer in six of the last seven games.
Lewis (2-3, 5.70 ERA) will try to deliver another solid outing as he gets the ball for the first time since giving up two runs in eight innings of Saturday's 11-2 victory at Oakland. It was the right-hander's first win since April 2.
"I felt more comfortable,' Lewis said following his longest outing since June 19, when he threw a two-hitter at Houston. "These guys went out there and scored a lot of runs for me and I was able to get ahead of guys and throw strikes."
Lewis is 0-3 with a 3.82 ERA in five career starts in Seattle, but did have one of the best performances of his career at Safeco Field. Pitching opposite Cliff Lee, who was making his Mariners debut, Lewis threw nine innings of three-hit ball and retired 21 straight at one point, but did not earn a decision in a 2-0, 12-inning victory April 30, 2010.
The Mariners (14-17) continue their six-game homestand with Jason Vargas (1-2, 5.45) on the mound. The left-hander, 0-2 with a 6.86 ERA in four home starts, is looking to build off his first win since Aug. 14.
After going 0-9 with a 5.67 ERA in his previous 13 outings, Vargas yielded four runs and eights over seven innings of Friday's 5-4 victory at Boston.
"It's definitely nice to get a 'W' and get rewarded for pitching a good game," he told the Mariners' official website following his longest outing of the season. "... We'll move on to the next one and hopefully get on a roll."
Vargas is 1-3 with a 4.86 ERA in six starts versus the Rangers.
Texas' Michael Young, 6 for 16 off Vargas, had his career-best RBI streak snapped at seven games Wednesday, but he is 13 for 38 during a nine-game hitting streak against Seattle.
Young is batting .390 on the road this season.
Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus, trying to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, is 1 for 12 lifetime against Vargas.
Ichiro Suzuki went 0 for 4 on Wednesday and is 1 for 12 in his last three games, but the Mariners right fielder has twice as many hits (14) off Lewis as any other major league player.
Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz is questionable for this contest after missing Wednesday's game with a strained right quadriceps.
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