06/18 22:55 CDT Colon passes Marichal for most wins by Dominican pitcher
Colon passes Marichal for most wins by Dominican pitcher
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) --- Bartolo Colon earned his 244th win, passing Hall of
Famer Juan Marichal for the most by a pitcher born in the Dominican Republic,
and the Texas Rangers beat the skidding Kansas City Royals 6-3 on Monday night.
Adrian Beltre hit a three-run homer for the Rangers, who won their third
straight game. The 45-year-old Colon (4-4) allowed three runs and nine hits in
six innings to break a tie with Marichal on the career wins chart.
Only right-hander Dennis Martinez has more victories among pitchers from Latin
America. Martinez, a native of Nicaragua, won 245 games in the majors.
The Royals have lost seven straight and 13 of 14. They've dropped 27 of 37
games at Kauffman Stadium, the worst home record in the majors. Kansas City is
2-14 in June, having been outscored 95-35.
Colon was 1-3 with a 9.51 ERA in his five previous starts. Kansas City loaded
the bases with one out in the fifth, but the portly and popular right-hander
affectionately nicknamed Big Sexy got out of the inning when Hunter Dozier
grounded into a double play.
Keona Kela tossed a spotless ninth for his 16th save in 16 chances.
Beltre homered in the third off Ian Kennedy, with Elvis Andrus and Nomar Mazara
aboard, to give the Rangers a 5-0 advantage. Mazara had three hits.
Kennedy (1-7) is 1-13 in his last 28 home starts. He is winless in 13 starts
since an April 7 victory at Cleveland.
The right-hander gave up a home run to Shin-Soo Choo on his fourth pitch, a
drive that just cleared the Royals' right-field bullpen fence. Choo reached
base five times, including a double and three walks.
Kennedy yielded five runs on four hits, two of them home runs, and three walks.
Adalberto Mondesi had a run-producing double in the Kansas City third and
scored on Mike Moustakas' sacrifice fly.
Rosel Herrera had a run-scoring triple in the fourth for his first extra-base
hit and RBI, trimming the lead to 5-3.
Delino DeShields' bunt single in the eighth scored Jurickson Profar for the
final Texas run.
Royals SS Alcides Escobar is in a 3-for-45 drought in his past 12 games.
Rangers: Andrus was activated after missing 59 games with a broken right elbow.
RHP Ricardo Rodriguez was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock, where he had
allowed one unearned run in 13 1/3 innings. C Jose Trevino was optioned to
Double-A Frisco after hitting a game-ending, two-run single in the ninth on
Sunday. RHP Deck McGuire was designated for assignment.
Royals: Whit Merrifield was in the lineup as the designated hitter after
leaving in the second inning Sunday with a bruised left knee after fouling a
pitch off his leg.
Rangers: LHP Cole Hamels (3-6, 3.69 ERA) starts Tuesday night at Kansas City.
Royals: RHP Jason Hammel (2-7, 4.89) is winless in his last eight home starts.
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