CLEVELAND — Colby Lewis tied a career high with 10 strikeouts and Nelson Cruz hit his AL-leading sixth home run Wednesday night as the Texas Rangers beat the Cleveland Indians 6-2.
The crowd of 10,071 was the lowest at Progressive Field since the ballpark opened in 1994.
Lewis (2-0) allowed two runs over 5 1/3 innings. He started in place of C.J. Wilson, who came down with food poisoning on Tuesday. Lewis made 37 pitches in the first inning, but got out of a bases-loaded jam and didn't allow a hit until the third.
He gave up three hits and four walks overall.
Wilson, catcher Taylor Teagarden, reliever Darren O'Day, and two strength coaches felt the effects of food poisoning.
Lewis spent the past two seasons with Hiroshima of Japan's Central League before re-signing with the Rangers in January. He held Seattle to one run in seven innings Friday for his first win in the majors since April 7, 2004.
Neftali Feliz followed three relievers and worked 1 1/3 innings for his second save.
Cruz's solo shot in the third inning made it 4-0 off Justin Masterson (0-1).
Shin-Soo Choo hit a two-out single in the bottom half and Michael Brantley's bases-loaded double off Dustin Nippert made it 4-2 in the sixth.