OAKLAND, Calif. — When the ball left Max Muncy's bat leading off the ninth Thursday, Colby Lewis thought it was another fly that would move him one out closer to a no-hitter.
Instead the ball kept carrying and glanced off Rangers rightfielder Nomar Mazara's glove as he crashed into the wall for the A's first hit. Mazara, a rookie, had made a running catch to rob Muncy in the third.
"I thought he was going to get to it a lot easier," said Lewis, who was perfect until walking Yonder Alonso with two outs in the eighth. "You can't throw your arms up in the air and get all mad about it. You have to go back to work."
The play was quickly called a double, ending Lewis' quest for Texas' first no-hitter in 22 years.
Lewis then finished off the Athletics in a 5-1 victory. The right-hander, 36, just missed out on a crowning achievement to an 11-year career that has been hampered by injuries and included a detour in Japan.
"I feel like any time you go into the ninth and you haven't given up a hit, when it happens there's a disappointment," Lewis said. "I'm not getting any younger. But I feel like it was a great day."