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Colon earns gutty victory over M’s

The Associated Press

Rangers starter Bartolo Colon throws against the Mariners in the first inning of Wednesday’s game.

The Associated PressSEATTLE (AP) — The line drive off the bat of Seattle’s Jean Segura was estimated at 162 kph. As much as Texas starter Bartolo Colon tried to get his glove up and shift his body, there was no way he could avoid being struck.

After Colon picked up the loose ball and threw Segura out at first base, he laughed as the Rangers staff rushed to check on him.

“The important thing is we won the game and I was able to get the out,” Colon said through 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 aside, Colon put together arguably his best performance of the season on Wednesday, allowing four 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 excellent spotting his fastball and using his breaking pitches to keep Seattle off balance, a night after the Mariners scored nine runs.

“Everything was working. My curve, my fastball, my slider — everything was working,” Colon said.

It was the second time this season he pitched into the eighth, the previous against Houston when he was perfect through seven innings. Colon struck out two.

“It’s unbelievable. He’s not tricking you. He just executes and gets the job done,” Seattle’s Kyle Seager said.

Offense was scarce for both teams. The Rangers took advantage of two key mistakes by Seattle in the ninth inning to earn a split of the brief series.

Delino DeShields gave Texas the lead with a two-out RBI double in the eighth inning that scored Isiah Kiner-Falefa. The Rangers added four more in 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, but catcher David Freitas couldn’t handle the pitch from Marc Rzepczynski. Jurickson Profar scored from third on the passed ball and Kiner-Falefa from second after Freitas made an unnecessary throw trying to get Guzman at first base.

Verlander blanks Halos

NAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Justin Verlander is not prone to sentimentality.

More excited about getting out of a jam than getting his 2,500th strikeout, Verlander put both his flair for the moment and his enduring greatness on full display Wednesday in a classic masterpiece on the mound.

The righty (5-2) threw a five-hitter for his first shutout in three years, and Evan Gattis hit a two-run homer as the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Angels 2-0.Speech

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