Ageless Colon pitches Rangers past Mariners
Bartolo Colon continues to defy conventional wisdom. The Texas pitcher allowed four hits in 7 2/3 innings and the Rangers scored a run in the eighth inning and four in the ninth and beat Seattle 5-1 Wednesday at Safeco Field.
The Rangers (17-27) salvaged a split in the two-game set with the Mariners (24-18), who now will face Detroit in a four-game series, starting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Safeco Field. Marco Gonzales (3-3) faces Matthew Boyd (2-3), the ex-Oregon State Beaver, in the pitching matchup.
Delino DeShields doubled home a run in the top of the eighth inning, giving Colon a run in support.
The Rangers added four runs in the ninth inning — two on a passed ball, one on a bases-loaded walk and one on an infield single.
Three relievers helped Colon get the victory. Kyle Seager hit a ninth-inning homer for Seattle's only run.
Colon struck out three and walked none in moving to 2-1 with a 2.82 ERA. Colon debuted in the major leagues in 1997 and has 242 career victories.
Christian Bergman threw well in his first start this season for Seattle, allowing only two hits while striking out five and walking none in seven innings.