Almost 45, Colon pitches Texas over Toronto 7-4

TORONTO (AP) Whatever is written across the jersey Bartolo Colons wears, it always comes with the same letter: W.

Less than a month shy of his 45th birthday, Colon pitched seven efficient innings to earn his first win with Texas, helping the Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-4 Saturday.

Colon has posted victories with 11 different teams in the majors, including the Montreal Expos. He is the fourth pitcher to win with 11 clubs, joining LaTroy Hawkins, Mike Morgan and Ron Villone - no one won with more.

''It's incredible what he's been able to accomplish in his 40 years pitching in the big leagues,'' teammate Delino DeShields joked.

This was his 241st career victory - two short of tying Juan Marichal's mark for pitchers born in the Dominican Republic, and four from tying the record held by Dennis Martinez for most among Latin-born players.

''He's closing in on a pretty historic mark,'' Texas manager Jeff Banister said. ''You're knocking names down that some of these younger guys probably have to go back into the Baseball Encyclopedia to look up and see who they are and what they were.''

''It's special, it's our history. It's special for me to even be part of it and see it. You may not get the opportunity to see these type of things, so you need to pay attention,'' he said.

Asked about his climb up baseball's all-time leaderboards, Colon displayed his trademark nonchalance.

''If I keep passing guys, that's good,'' he said through a translator.

Colon (1-0) gave up three runs and six hits, walking none and striking out two. He retired the first nine batters in his sixth game for the Rangers, including four starts, and he left with a 2.87 ERA.

Robinson Chirinos returned from a two-game absence to hit two solo home runs and Jurickson Profar added a two-run homer as Texas posted its season-high third straight victory.

''We have really good hitters here,'' Chirinos said. ''I know things are going to turn around for this team.''

Jake Diekman worked the eighth for Texas, Kevin Jepsen got two outs in the ninth and Keone Kela finished for his sixth save in as many opportunities.

Kevin Pillar homered twice and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. also went deep for the Blue Jays, who have lost seven of nine, including four straight at home.

Gurriel's homer was the first of his career. All three Toronto homers were solo shots.

Shin-Soo Choo had three hits and three RBIs for the Rangers, who have won five of seven on the road.

Profar and Chirinos hit back-to-back homers off Jaime Garcia (2-2) in the second. It was the first time this season the Rangers have hit consecutive homers.

Chirinos, who sat out Wednesday and Friday because of a sore left wrist, hit his second off reliever Seung Hwan Oh in the sixth. It was his fifth career multihomer game.

Profar homered for the first time since 2016 with a first-pitch drive off the facing of the third deck in left. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Profar entered with the fifth-longest homer drought among position players, a 227 at-bat slump. Profar has 13 career home runs.

Pillar hit a leadoff homer against Colon in the fifth and added a one-out drive off Kevin Jepsen in the ninth for his third career multihomer game.

Choo's two-run double in the fourth ticked off the glove of center fielder Pillar, who appeared to slow up as he approached the ball, apparently fearful of a collision with left fielder Curtis Granderson.

''We definitely expect to be better than that,'' Pillar said.

Colon was perfect until Granderson's leadoff double in the fourth, but the veteran right-hander responded by getting the next three batters in order.

''He's not the power guy he used to be but he's a master at what he does,'' Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. ''He picks the plate apart.''

GLOVE SAVE AND A BEAUTY

Colon snagged Pillar's line drive back to the mound for the final out of the sixth. The pitch was measured at 89 miles per hour, while Pillar's liner had an exit velocity of 104 mph.

GOING, GOING?

The home run horn sounded on Teoscar Hernandez's leadoff drive to right in the sixth but the ball bounced off the base of the wall for a triple.

BURNING UP THE BASEPATHS

Hernandez's triple was Toronto's sixth of the season, one more than the MLB-record low they had in 2017.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: 3B Josh Donaldson (right shoulder) went 0 for 3 as the DH with Class A Dunedin on Saturday, his first rehab game. ... C Russell Martin and 2B Devon Travis got the day off.

UP NEXT

Rangers: LHP Martin Perez (2-2, 9.82) is 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA in three career starts against the Blue Jays.

Blue Jays: LHP J.A. Happ (3-1, 3.72) makes his sixth start of the season. Toronto has won Happ's past four starts.

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TEX11-17
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TOR14-12
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  • W: B. Colon (1-0)L: J. Garcia (2-2)S: K. Kela (6)
  • HR: TEX - R. Chirinos 2 (5), J. Profar (1), TOR - K. Pillar 2 (3), L. Gurriel (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. DeShields CF42100121.194.265.226.4916.0
S. Choo DH50330010.250.328.454.7826.5
I. Kiner-Falefa 2B50100022.273.310.364.6740.0
N. Mazara RF50100012.297.343.416.7580.5
J. Gallo 1B31000222.233.319.505.8242.0
R. Nunez 3B30000103.125.222.188.4101.0
J. Profar SS31121111.227.346.333.6797.5
R. Chirinos C42222012.186.284.471.75511.5
R. Rua LF41100021.184.212.306.5185.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Granderson LF30100002.317.423.567.9892.0
    a- S. Pearce PH-LF10000010.283.338.517.855-0.5
    T. Hernandez RF41100011.296.367.630.9963.5
    J. Smoak 1B40000002.263.366.432.7980.0
    Y. Solarte 3B40010001.218.330.460.7901.0
    K. Pillar CF42222000.309.352.536.88812.0
    L. Gurriel 2B41111010.227.227.364.5915.5
    K. Morales DH30000100.170.245.255.5011.0
    L. Maile C40100011.351.415.459.8740.5
    A. Diaz SS30100000.189.241.378.6191.0
    • a-struck out for Granderson in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - D. DeShields, S. Choo (7)
    • 3B - R. Rua
    • HR - J. Profar, R. Chirinos 2 (5)
    • RBI - S. Choo 3 (14), J. Profar 2 (7), R. Chirinos 2 (10)
    • 2-Out RBI - S. Choo 2 (7), J. Profar 2 (6), R. Chirinos (4)
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Granderson (4)
    • 3B - T. Hernandez (2)
    • HR - K. Pillar 2 (3), L. Gurriel
    • RBI - Y. Solarte (12), K. Pillar 2 (13), L. Gurriel (4)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - D. DeShields (3), R. Rua (2)
    FIELDING
    • PB - R. Chirinos
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. Colon (W, 1-0)7.06330222.870.8623.0
    J. Diekman (H, 3)1.00000205.401.924.0
    K. Jepsen0.21111014.851.23-3.0
    K. Kela (S, 6)0.10000003.001.227.0
    PITCHERSIP
    B. Colon (W, 1-0)7.0
    J. Diekman (H, 3)1.0
    K. Jepsen0.2
    K. Kela (S, 6)0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Garcia (L, 2-2)5.05554525.401.50-1.5
    S. Oh1.01110212.381.412.0
    R. Tepera1.01000002.131.032.0
    J. Axford1.00001302.081.383.5
    R. Osuna1.03110202.381.060.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Garcia (L, 2-2)5.0
    S. Oh1.0
    R. Tepera1.0
    J. Axford1.0
    R. Osuna1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Colon 98-65, J. Diekman 14-10, K. Jepsen 14-7, K. Kela 4-2
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Colon 10-9, K. Jepsen 2-0
    • Batters Faced - B. Colon 27, J. Diekman 3, K. Jepsen 4, K. Kela
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Garcia 3 (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Garcia 103-58, S. Oh 15-11, R. Tepera 12-7, J. Axford 22-14, R. Osuna 21-15
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Garcia 6-4, R. Tepera 2-0, R. Osuna 1-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Garcia 24, S. Oh 4, R. Tepera 3, J. Axford 4, R. Osuna 6
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    TEX11-17
    0302010017100
    TOR14-12
    000011101470
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. DeShields CF42100121.194.265.226.4916.0
    S. Choo DH50330010.250.328.454.7826.5
    I. Kiner-Falefa 2B50100022.273.310.364.6740.0
    N. Mazara RF50100012.297.343.416.7580.5
    J. Gallo 1B31000222.233.319.505.8242.0
    R. Nunez 3B30000103.125.222.188.4101.0
    J. Profar SS31121111.227.346.333.6797.5
    R. Chirinos C42222012.186.284.471.75511.5
    R. Rua LF41100021.184.212.306.5185.0
    Total367107351214-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      C. Granderson LF30100002.317.423.567.9892.0
      a- S. Pearce PH-LF10000010.283.338.517.855-0.5
      T. Hernandez RF41100011.296.367.630.9963.5
      J. Smoak 1B40000002.263.366.432.7980.0
      Y. Solarte 3B40010001.218.330.460.7901.0
      K. Pillar CF42222000.309.352.536.88812.0
      L. Gurriel 2B41111010.227.227.364.5915.5
      K. Morales DH30000100.170.245.255.5011.0
      L. Maile C40100011.351.415.459.8740.5
      A. Diaz SS30100000.189.241.378.6191.0
      Total344743147-----
      • a-struck out for Granderson in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. DeShields, S. Choo (7)
      • 3B - R. Rua
      • HR - J. Profar, R. Chirinos 2 (5)
      • RBI - S. Choo 3 (14), J. Profar 2 (7), R. Chirinos 2 (10)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Choo 2 (7), J. Profar 2 (6), R. Chirinos (4)
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Granderson (4)
      • 3B - T. Hernandez (2)
      • HR - K. Pillar 2 (3), L. Gurriel
      • RBI - Y. Solarte (12), K. Pillar 2 (13), L. Gurriel (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - D. DeShields (3), R. Rua (2)
      FIELDING
      • PB - R. Chirinos
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Colon (W, 1-0)7.06330222.870.8623.0
      J. Diekman (H, 3)1.00000205.401.924.0
      K. Jepsen0.21111014.851.23-3.0
      K. Kela (S, 6)0.10000003.001.227.0
      Total9.0744143---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Colon (W, 1-0)7.0
      J. Diekman (H, 3)1.0
      K. Jepsen0.2
      K. Kela (S, 6)0.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Garcia (L, 2-2)5.05554525.401.50-1.5
      S. Oh1.01110212.381.412.0
      R. Tepera1.01000002.131.032.0
      J. Axford1.00001302.081.383.5
      R. Osuna1.03110202.381.060.0
      Total9.010775123---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Garcia (L, 2-2)5.0
      S. Oh1.0
      R. Tepera1.0
      J. Axford1.0
      R. Osuna1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Colon 98-65, J. Diekman 14-10, K. Jepsen 14-7, K. Kela 4-2
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Colon 10-9, K. Jepsen 2-0
      • Batters Faced - B. Colon 27, J. Diekman 3, K. Jepsen 4, K. Kela
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Garcia 3 (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Garcia 103-58, S. Oh 15-11, R. Tepera 12-7, J. Axford 22-14, R. Osuna 21-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Garcia 6-4, R. Tepera 2-0, R. Osuna 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Garcia 24, S. Oh 4, R. Tepera 3, J. Axford 4, R. Osuna 6
      • 9TH INNING
        Pillar homered to right74
        Choo singled to right, DeShields scored73
      • 7TH INNING
        Gurriel homered to left center63
      • 6TH INNING
        Solarte grounded out to second, Hernandez scored62
        Chirinos homered to left61
      • 5TH INNING
        Pillar homered to center51
      • 4TH INNING
        Choo doubled to deep center, Rua and DeShields scored50
      • 2ND INNING
        Chirinos homered to right30
        Profar homered to left, Gallo scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • Roberto Osuna relieved John Axford
        • R. Rua: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rua struck out swinging
        • D. DeShields: DeShields doubled to deep center
        • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Choo singled to right, DeShields scored
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kiner-Falefa singled to shallow right, Choo to second
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Mazara reached on fielder's choice to second, Choo to third, Kiner-Falefa out at second
        • J. Gallo: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Steve Pearce in left
        • Kevin Jepsen relieved Jake Diekman
        • Y. Solarte: Foul, Solarte grounded out to second
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pillar homered to right
        • L. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel grounded out to pitcher
        • K. Morales: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Morales walked
        • Keone Kela relieved Kevin Jepsen
        • L. Maile: Ball, Ball, Morales to second on passed ball, Strike looking, Maile flied out to deep right
        • End of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • John Axford relieved Ryan Tepera
        • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Gallo struck out looking
        • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Nunez walked
        • J. Profar: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Profar struck out swinging
        • R. Chirinos: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jake Diekman relieved Bartolo Colon
        • Steve Pearce hit for Curtis Granderson
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Smoak flied out to center
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Ryan Tepera relieved Seung-Hwan Oh
        • S. Choo: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Choo singled to center
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Kiner-Falefa grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Choo out at second
        • N. Mazara: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mazara grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Colon Pitching:
        • L. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Gurriel homered to left center
        • K. Morales: Ball, Ball, Morales grounded out to pitcher
        • L. Maile: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Maile struck out swinging
        • A. Diaz: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Diaz flied out to deep center
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Seung-Hwan Oh relieved Jaime Garcia
        • J. Profar: Strike looking, Ball, Profar flied out to deep left
        • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Foul, Chirinos homered to left
        • R. Rua: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Rua struck out looking
        • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Colon Pitching:
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Hernandez tripled to deep right center
        • J. Smoak: Smoak flied out to left
        • Y. Solarte: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Solarte grounded out to second, Hernandez scored
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pillar lined out to pitcher
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Garcia Pitching:
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Mazara grounded out to first
        • J. Gallo: Foul, Strike swinging, Gallo grounded out to first
        • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Nunez grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Colon Pitching:
        • K. Pillar: Pillar homered to center
        • L. Gurriel: Gurriel lined out to second
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Morales grounded out to second
        • L. Maile: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Maile singled to left
        • A. Diaz: Diaz reached on an infield single to shortstop, Maile to second
        • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Granderson flied out to shallow left
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Garcia Pitching:
        • J. Profar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Profar walked
        • R. Chirinos: Ball, Chirinos lined out to center
        • R. Rua: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Rua reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Profar out at second
        • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Rua stole second, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rua to third on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Ball, DeShields walked
        • S. Choo: Ball, DeShields stole second, Foul, Choo doubled to deep center, Rua and DeShields scored
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Kiner-Falefa flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • B. Colon Pitching:
        • C. Granderson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Granderson doubled to right
        • T. Hernandez: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hernandez grounded out to third
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Smoak flied out to shallow left
        • Y. Solarte: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Solarte flied out to center
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Garcia Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Choo grounded out to second
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa struck out looking
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Mazara singled to left
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Mazara to second on wild pitch, Ball, Gallo walked
        • R. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Mazara to third, Gallo to second on wild pitch, Nunez flied out to center
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Colon Pitching:
        • K. Morales: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Morales grounded out to shortstop
        • L. Maile: Ball, Maile grounded out to third
        • A. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Diaz grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Garcia Pitching:
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gallo walked
        • R. Nunez: Ball, Strike swinging, Nunez flied out to left
        • J. Profar: Profar homered to left, Gallo scored
        • R. Chirinos: Ball, Chirinos homered to right
        • R. Rua: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rua tripled to deep right
        • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, DeShields grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • B. Colon Pitching:
        • Y. Solarte: Ball, Solarte grounded out to third
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Pillar popped out to second
        • L. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Garcia Pitching:
        • D. DeShields: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, DeShields struck out looking
        • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kiner-Falefa struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Colon Pitching:
        • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Granderson grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Hernandez grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Smoak flied out to center
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)