Record-setting Colon wins again as Rangers top D-backs 5-3

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Bartolo Colon kept the Texas Rangers close after a rough first inning in his first start since setting the record for victories by a Latin American pitcher.

His catcher helped the 45-year-old right-hander extend that mark.

Robinson Chirinos hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the fourth while finishing with four RBIs, and Colon made it through five innings in the Rangers' 5-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night.

Colon (7-10) retired 10 consecutive batters after allowing run-scoring doubles by A.J. Pollock and Steven Souza Jr. in the first. Pollock's liner was misplayed in right field by Joey Gallo.

Big Sexy got his 247th career win, two more than Dennis Martinez of Nicaragua. A native of the Dominican Republic, Colon has four more victories than countryman and Hall of Famer Juan Marichal.

''He's been doing it for so long, he knows when he gives up some runs he can come back and keep the game close,'' Chirinos said. ''That's what he did tonight.''

Chirinos' 443-foot drive into the visitors' bullpen in left-center was his 16th homer of the season and ended Arizona right-hander Zack Greinke's streak of nine straight starts allowing two runs or fewer. Chirinos added an RBI single in the eighth.

Ronald Guzman led off the third with his 13th homer after Greinke (12-8) retired the first six Texas hitters.

Greinke permitted six hits and four runs in 6 1/3 innings with two walks and six strikeouts while dropping his third straight start after winning his previous seven decisions.

''I think they're the best offense in baseball the last month,'' Greinke said. ''So going in in their home park is going to be tough. But I made more mistakes and got behind in more counts than needed to make it a little bit tougher.''

Colon gave up four hits and three runs while setting a Texas record with his 22nd straight start with two or fewer walks. He issued one free pass and struck out three. Colon has won both his starts in August after losing all five in July.

Rangers reliever Eddie Butler retired all six batters he faced. Cory Gearrin got Eduardo Escobar on a tapper in front of the plate to end the eighth with runners at the corners in a one-run game, and Jose Leclerc struck out two in a perfect ninth for his second save.

BELTRE'S HAMSTRING

Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Adrian Beltre reinjured his left hamstring while scoring from second base on Chirinos' single in the eighth. He was replaced at third base by Jurickson Profar in the ninth. The Rangers said Beltre, who got career hit No. 3,137, would have an MRI on Tuesday. Beltre has missed 27 games over two stints on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

TOP OF THE HEAP

The Diamondbacks began the night a game ahead of the Dodgers for the lead in the NL West. Los Angeles played San Francisco at home later Monday. ''Our pitching has been outstanding, and that's the reason we are where we're at,'' manager Torey Lovullo said. ''I feel like we've earned it. Could it be better? Yeah.''

NICE SNAG, SKIP

Banister made a nifty, one-handed catch on a bouncer into the dugout from Guzman in the fourth inning, reaching above his head with his right hand. Three innings earlier, he stayed away from a smash by Escobar. Both were batting left-handed. ''It was just inside my reach,'' Banister said. ''The first one I was not going to be able to catch. That one was coming pretty hard. That one would have hurt for a long time.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: RHP Doug Fister is headed home for the season because his right knee strain isn't responding to treatment as hoped. Fister hasn't pitched since limping off the mound after throwing the first pitch of the sixth inning against Houston on June 8. ... RF Nomar Mazara (right thumb sprain) will play nine innings in a rehab assignment for Double-A Frisco on Tuesday. He's been out since July 17.

UP NEXT

Arizona LHP Patrick Corbin (9-4, 3.15 ERA) makes his first career appearance against the Rangers in the finale of the two-game series. Texas RHP Yovani Gallardo (7-1, 6.11) has the most wins in the majors since June 23 with seven, and the highest run-support average by almost two runs at 11.43 during that same span.

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  • W: B. Colon (7-10)L: Z. Greinke (12-8)S: J. Leclerc (2)
  • HR: TEX - R. Chirinos (16), R. Guzman (13)
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S. Souza RF40110010.247.317.404.7212.5
K. Marte 2B40000001.248.317.418.7340.0
D. Descalso DH31000120.257.377.461.8371.0
N. Ahmed SS30000001.242.297.453.7500.0
J. Mathis C20000001.203.287.275.5620.0
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  • a-flied out for Mathis in the 8th
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S. Choo DH30100102.275.390.474.8642.0
R. Odor 2B40000013.272.352.472.825-0.5
E. Andrus SS41100012.286.333.421.7541.5
A. Beltre 3B41100011.278.335.394.7291.5
J. Profar 3B00000000.246.331.442.7730.0
J. Gallo RF31000121.202.314.486.8001.0
R. Chirinos C41241010.223.335.446.7819.5
R. Guzman 1B41211001.246.320.447.7677.0
W. Calhoun LF20100100.275.325.391.7162.0
C. Tocci PR-LF10000001.174.220.221.4410.0
D. DeShields CF20000002.208.307.277.5840.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Pollock (16), S. Souza (10)
    • RBI - D. Peralta (61), A. Pollock (46), S. Souza (21)
    • 2-Out RBI - D. Peralta (25), S. Souza (13)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - P. Goldschmidt, E. Escobar 2 (2), K. Marte
    BATTING
    • HR - R. Chirinos (16), R. Guzman (13)
    • SH - D. DeShields (10)
    • RBI - R. Chirinos 4 (52), R. Guzman (47)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Choo 2 (2), R. Odor, E. Andrus 2 (2), C. Tocci
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - P. Goldschmidt (5)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    Z. Greinke (L, 12-8)6.16442623.001.054.0
    A. Chafin0.10001001.761.17-1.0
    B. Ziegler0.10000004.291.310.0
    A. Bradley1.02110003.510.990.0
    PITCHERSIP
    Z. Greinke (L, 12-8)6.1
    A. Chafin0.1
    B. Ziegler0.1
    A. Bradley1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. Colon (W, 7-10)5.04331305.191.2615.5
    E. Butler (H, 1)2.00000004.341.246.0
    C. Gearrin (H, 7)1.02000103.771.371.5
    J. Leclerc (S, 2)1.00000202.060.9411.0
    PITCHERSIP
    B. Colon (W, 7-10)5.0
    E. Butler (H, 1)2.0
    C. Gearrin (H, 7)1.0
    J. Leclerc (S, 2)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - A. Bradley (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Greinke 103-65, A. Chafin 12-5, B. Ziegler 3-3, A. Bradley 24-14
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Greinke 7-6, A. Chafin 1-0
    • Batters Faced - Z. Greinke 27, A. Chafin 2, B. Ziegler, A. Bradley 5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Colon 79-57, E. Butler 22-13, C. Gearrin 15-10, J. Leclerc 12-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Colon 4-8, E. Butler 4-2, C. Gearrin 1-1
    • Batters Faced - B. Colon 20, E. Butler 6, C. Gearrin 5, J. Leclerc 3
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    P. Goldschmidt 1B41200001.283.389.531.9205.0
    A. Pollock CF41210010.284.342.531.8744.5
    E. Escobar 3B40000013.278.338.514.852-0.5
    S. Souza RF40110010.247.317.404.7212.5
    K. Marte 2B40000001.248.317.418.7340.0
    D. Descalso DH31000120.257.377.461.8371.0
    N. Ahmed SS30000001.242.297.453.7500.0
    J. Mathis C20000001.203.287.275.5620.0
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    • a-flied out for Mathis in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Choo DH30100102.275.390.474.8642.0
    R. Odor 2B40000013.272.352.472.825-0.5
    E. Andrus SS41100012.286.333.421.7541.5
    A. Beltre 3B41100011.278.335.394.7291.5
    J. Profar 3B00000000.246.331.442.7730.0
    J. Gallo RF31000121.202.314.486.8001.0
    R. Chirinos C41241010.223.335.446.7819.5
    R. Guzman 1B41211001.246.320.447.7677.0
    W. Calhoun LF20100100.275.325.391.7162.0
    C. Tocci PR-LF10000001.174.220.221.4410.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Pollock (16), S. Souza (10)
      • RBI - D. Peralta (61), A. Pollock (46), S. Souza (21)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Peralta (25), S. Souza (13)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - P. Goldschmidt, E. Escobar 2 (2), K. Marte
      BATTING
      • HR - R. Chirinos (16), R. Guzman (13)
      • SH - D. DeShields (10)
      • RBI - R. Chirinos 4 (52), R. Guzman (47)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Choo 2 (2), R. Odor, E. Andrus 2 (2), C. Tocci
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - P. Goldschmidt (5)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Z. Greinke (L, 12-8)6.16442623.001.054.0
      A. Chafin0.10001001.761.17-1.0
      B. Ziegler0.10000004.291.310.0
      A. Bradley1.02110003.510.990.0
      Total8.0855362---
      PITCHERSIP
      Z. Greinke (L, 12-8)6.1
      A. Chafin0.1
      B. Ziegler0.1
      A. Bradley1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Colon (W, 7-10)5.04331305.191.2615.5
      E. Butler (H, 1)2.00000004.341.246.0
      C. Gearrin (H, 7)1.02000103.771.371.5
      J. Leclerc (S, 2)1.00000202.060.9411.0
      Total9.0633160---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Colon (W, 7-10)5.0
      E. Butler (H, 1)2.0
      C. Gearrin (H, 7)1.0
      J. Leclerc (S, 2)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - A. Bradley (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Greinke 103-65, A. Chafin 12-5, B. Ziegler 3-3, A. Bradley 24-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Greinke 7-6, A. Chafin 1-0
      • Batters Faced - Z. Greinke 27, A. Chafin 2, B. Ziegler, A. Bradley 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Colon 79-57, E. Butler 22-13, C. Gearrin 15-10, J. Leclerc 12-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Colon 4-8, E. Butler 4-2, C. Gearrin 1-1
      • Batters Faced - B. Colon 20, E. Butler 6, C. Gearrin 5, J. Leclerc 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Chirinos singled to center, Beltre scored35
      • 5TH INNING
        Peralta singled to left, Descalso scored34
      • 4TH INNING
        Chirinos homered to left center, Andrus and Gallo scored24
      • 3RD INNING
        Guzman homered to right center21
      • 1ST INNING
        Souza doubled to deep left, Pollock scored20
        Pollock doubled to deep right, Goldschmidt scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Jurickson Profar at third base
        • Jose Leclerc relieved Cory Gearrin
        • S. Souza: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Souza struck out looking
        • K. Marte: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Marte flied out to left
        • D. Descalso: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Descalso struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Cory Gearrin relieved Eddie Butler
        • Jon Jay hit for Jeff Mathis
        • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Jay flied out to center
        • D. Peralta: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Peralta struck out swinging
        • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Goldschmidt singled to center
        • A. Pollock: Pickoff attempt, Pollock singled to center, Goldschmidt to third
        • E. Escobar: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Ball, Escobar grounded out to catcher
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Archie Bradley relieved Brad Ziegler
        • John Ryan Murphy catching
        • A. Beltre: Ball, Beltre singled to center
        • J. Gallo: Foul, Ball, Gallo flied out to right
        • R. Chirinos: Ball, Ball, Beltre to second on wild pitch, Strike (foul tip), Chirinos singled to center, Beltre scored
        • R. Guzman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Guzman lined out to left
        • C. Tocci: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Tocci lined out to center
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • E. Butler Pitching:
        • K. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Marte grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Descalso: Ball, Descalso grounded out to second
        • N. Ahmed: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ahmed grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Greinke Pitching:
        • W. Calhoun: Ball, Foul, Calhoun singled to left center
        • Carlos Tocci ran for Willie Calhoun
        • D. DeShields: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, DeShields hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Tocci to second
        • Andrew Chafin relieved Zack Greinke
        • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Choo walked
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Odor grounded out to first, Tocci to third, Choo to second
        • Brad Ziegler relieved Andrew Chafin
        • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Andrus popped out to second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Eddie Butler relieved Bartolo Colon
        • A. Pollock: Ball, Pollock lined out to shortstop
        • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Escobar grounded out to catcher
        • S. Souza: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Souza flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Greinke Pitching:
        • J. Gallo: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
        • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Chirinos struck out looking
        • R. Guzman: Ball, Guzman grounded out to second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • B. Colon Pitching:
        • D. Descalso: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Descalso walked
        • N. Ahmed: Ahmed fouled out to third
        • J. Mathis: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Mathis grounded out to third, Descalso to second
        • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Peralta singled to left, Descalso scored
        • P. Goldschmidt: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Goldschmidt fouled out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Greinke Pitching:
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
        • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Foul, Andrus flied out to shallow left
        • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Beltre struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • B. Colon Pitching:
        • E. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Escobar struck out looking
        • S. Souza: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Souza flied out to deep left
        • K. Marte: Marte grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Greinke Pitching:
        • E. Andrus: Andrus singled to center
        • A. Beltre: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Beltre grounded out to second, Andrus to second
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gallo walked
        • R. Chirinos: Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Chirinos homered to left center, Andrus and Gallo scored
        • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Guzman singled to left
        • W. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Calhoun walked, Guzman to second
        • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, DeShields flied out to center
        • S. Choo: Choo grounded into fielder's choice to third, Calhoun out at second
        • End of the 4th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • B. Colon Pitching:
        • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Peralta flied out to deep left
        • P. Goldschmidt: Goldschmidt grounded out to third
        • A. Pollock: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Pollock struck out looking
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Greinke Pitching:
        • R. Guzman: Strike swinging, Guzman homered to right center
        • W. Calhoun: Ball, Calhoun grounded out to shortstop
        • D. DeShields: Strike looking, DeShields flied out to deep right
        • S. Choo: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Choo singled to center
        • R. Odor: Ball, Ball, Odor flied out to deep right
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • B. Colon Pitching:
        • D. Descalso: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Descalso struck out swinging
        • N. Ahmed: Ball, Foul, Ahmed grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Mathis: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mathis lined out to right
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Greinke Pitching:
        • A. Beltre: Beltre grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
        • R. Chirinos: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Chirinos grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • B. Colon Pitching:
        • D. Peralta: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Peralta lined out to left
        • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Goldschmidt singled to right
        • A. Pollock: Strike looking, Goldschmidt stole second, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pollock doubled to deep right, Goldschmidt scored
        • E. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Escobar lined out to left
        • S. Souza: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Souza doubled to deep left, Pollock scored
        • K. Marte: Strike swinging, Marte flied out to center
        • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Greinke Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Choo lined out to pitcher
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Odor lined out to center
        • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Andrus struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)