ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Bartolo Colon celebrated his 40th birthday a few days early with something he’s enjoyed quite a few
times over the years: a win over the Texas Rangers .
Seth Smith homered and scored three times, Colon pitched seven strong innings for his first victory in nearly a month and
the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 9-2 on Monday night.
Colon, who turns 40 on Friday, gave up two runs on six hits and struck out three. It was the first win for Colon (4-2) since
April 23 at Boston, and he joined Bert Blyleven , Dennis Leonard and Jack Morris as the pitchers with the most wins over the
Rangers at 19.
“I like to pitch here,” Colon, who has 175 wins in 16 seasons, said through a translator. “I don’t know why.”
DENVER (AP) — Patrick Corbin tossed a three-hitter for his first complete game and struck out a career-high 10, lifting the
Arizona Diamondbacks to a 5-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.
Corbin (7-0) joined Randy Johnson as the only lefties in team history to begin the season 7-0. He also turned in his club-record
ninth straight start where he’s pitched at least six innings and allowed two runs or less.
Mixing an effective slider with a sneaky fastball, Corbin kept the Rockies hitters guessing all night. He held Colorado hitless
until Troy Tulowitzki ‘s single up the middle in the fourth and didn’t allow another hit until Nolan Arenado ‘s double in
the eighth. Pinch-hitter Jordan Pacheco broke up Corbin’s shutout bid with a double that brought home Arenado.
Jon Garland (3-5) went six innings, surrendering five runs and a season-high 11 hits.
A rainout this weekend gives R.A. Dickey the chance to help the Toronto Blue Jays get back to their winning ways while earning
another victory at home.
The Blue Jays’ next opponent, though, has had plenty of success in Toronto lately.
Tampa Bay Rays
will seek their 13th win in 18 games at Rogers Centre on Monday while denying the Blue Jays a fourth consecutive home victory
and fifth in seven overall contests.
ATLANTA (AP) — Ramiro Pena got a fierce wakeup call with the bases loaded and the scored tied in the eighth inning.
Pena fouled the first pitch off his lower right leg and bent over in anguish. But after he fouled off the next pitch, he hit
a sacrifice fly to put the Atlanta Braves ahead to stay.
“I needed to keep the focus,” Pena said. “That’s a big at-bat right there, so I just tried to make contact and put the ball
Pena had a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in a four-run eighth, Jordan Schafer drove in two runs and the Braves rallied against
the Los Angeles Dodgers ‘ beleaguered bullpen for a 5-2 victory on a rain-soaked Sunday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — At least John Lackey and the Boston Red Sox had something to keep themselves entertained during a long
rain delay on Sunday.
Lackey allowed one hit over six innings before a three-hour delay, Dustin Pedroia and Will Middlebrooks homered and the Red
Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 5-1 for their fifth straight victory.
Fans at Target Field saw more than the Twins’ fifth straight loss.
The longest delay ever at the ballpark lasted long enough for the 1993 movie “The Sandlot” to be shown in its entirety on
the videoboard. Several cast and crew members were at the stadium to celebrate the film’s 20th anniversary.
‘s short, but telling, road history in Texas, the Rangers should feel confident they can get the best of another
The surging Rangers look to build on another strong offensive performance against Fister and the struggling Tigers on Sunday