SEATTLE — The line drive off the bat of the Mariners‘ Jean Segura was estimated at 101 mph. As a lot as Texas Rangers starter Bartolo Colon tried to get his glove up and shift his physique, there was no approach he may keep away from being struck.
After Colon picked up the unfastened ball and threw Segura out at first base, he laughed because the Rangers employees rushed to test on him.
“The important thing is we won the game and I was able to get the out,” Colon stated by way of an interpreter. “He got me on the side. It was not in the middle. And I have a big belly, so I can [handle] it.”
All kidding apart, Colon put collectively arguably his finest efficiency of the season on Wednesday, permitting 4 hits in 7⅔ shutout innings and giving the Rangers a 5-1 win over the Mariners. On the cusp of his 45th birthday, Colon (2-1) was glorious recognizing his fastball and utilizing his breaking pitches to maintain Seattle off stability, one evening after the Mariners scored 9 runs.
“Everything was working. My curve, my fastball, my slider — everything was working,” Colon stated.
It was the second time this season he pitched into the eighth, the earlier towards the Houston Astros when he was excellent by way of seven innings.
Colon struck out three and threw 71 of 96 pitches for strikes on Wednesday.
“It’s unbelievable. He’s not tricking you. He just executes and gets the job done,” Seattle’s Kyle Seager stated.
Offense was scarce for each groups. The Rangers took benefit of two key errors by Seattle within the ninth inning to earn a cut up of the transient collection.
Delino DeShields gave Texas the lead with a two-out RBI double within the eighth inning that scored Isiah Kiner-Falefa. The Rangers added 4 extra within the ninth, all after Ryon Healy‘s two-out error and two runs scoring on a wacky strikeout.
Ronald Guzman struck out swinging with the bases loaded and two outs, however catcher David Freitas could not deal with the pitch from Marc Rzepczynski. Jurickson Profar scored from third on the handed ball and Kiner-Falefa from second, after Freitas made an pointless throw making an attempt to get Guzman at first base.
The Rangers added two extra runs — one because of the hustle of Shin-Soo Choo reaching on an infield hit — to cap the sloppy inning by Seattle.
“I threw a slider and [Freitas] was thinking fastball. I’ll just say that. We got crossed up and it ended up getting by him and cost us two runs,” Rzepczynski stated.
Seager’s homer within the ninth was the extent of Seattle’s offense. The Mariners threatened within the eighth after Colon was lifted, however Jose Leclerc acquired Segura to come out on the primary pitch with runners on second and third.
Seattle starter Christian Bergman did not enable successful till Kiner-Falefa reached on an infielder grounder within the fifth inning. Bergman allowed two hits in seven shutout innings whereas making a spot begin after being recalled from Triple-A. He was lifted to begin the eighth inning after putting out 5 and throwing 90 pitches.
James Pazos (1-1) was tagged with the loss after giving up two hits opening the eighth. It was his first run allowed since April 7.
Seattle supervisor Scott Servais stated there’s an opportunity Dee Gordon might be moved to second base someday this weekend. Gordon performed middle area once more Wednesday however did pregame work for a second straight day at his outdated place.
To clear a spot for Bergman on the 25-man roster, right-handed reliever Erik Goeddel was designated for project by the Mariners. He is out of minor league choices.
Rangers: Elvis Andrus will be a part of the crew in Chicago and might be able to resume baseball actions similar to fielding and taking part in catch. Andrus has been out since breaking his proper elbow on April 12.
Mariners: Nelson Cruz was sore a day after getting hit by a pitch on his proper foot and leaving a sport early. Servais expects it is going to be a couple of days earlier than Cruz is again within the lineup however does not consider a DL stint is required.
Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (Three-Three) makes his ninth begin of the season because the Mariners open a collection towards Detroit. Gonzales has thrown six innings in every of his final 4 begins, however took the loss in his final outing additionally towards the Tigers.