ARLINGTON (AP) — Bartolo Colon and the Los Angeles Angels did what has become routine for them: They beat the Texas Rangers.
Colon matched a major league record by winning his 12th straight start against the Rangers, pitching six innings in a 6-3 victory Saturday that improved the Angels to 5-0 this season against their AL West rivals.
Given a 2-0 lead before he threw his first pitch, Colon (4-0) needed only nine pitches to get out of the first inning. He allowed three runs and five hits, struck out six and walked two.
The only other pitcher to win 12 straight starts against an opponent was Pedro Martinez, who won a dozen in a row against the Seattle Mariners from 1998-2004. Colon is 17-5 in 25 starts against the Rangers, including 11-0 in four seasons with the Angels.
Orlando Cabrera went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI double for the Angels, who have won 37 of their last 52 against Texas. Vladimir Guerrero also had an RBI double, and has hits in 55 of 59 games against Texas.
Francisco Rodriguez worked the ninth for his 12th save in 13 chances.
Mark Teixeira, who tied Alex Rodriguez’s Rangers record by playing in his 482nd straight game, had a two-run homer in the fourth inning.
Los Angeles took a 5-0 lead after two innings off Kameron Loe (1-3).
Reggie Willits, the rookie leadoff hitter, had a single before Cabrera singled and Guerrero was intentionally walked. Gary Matthews Jr. hit a sacrifice fly, and Casey Kotchman snapped a 5-for-33 skid with an RBI single that made it 2-0.
No. 9 hitter Chone Figgins drew a two-out walk in the second and scored on a throwing error by right fielder Nelson Cruz after Willits had another single. It was 5-0 after consecutive RBI doubles by Cabrera and Guerrero.
Loe retired 16 of his last 18 batters but still allowed five runs and eight hits in seven innings.
Colon left with a 5-3 lead after throwing 86 pitches. The right-hander, who began the season on the disabled list and left his previous start Sunday with a mild strain of the right triceps, has won four straight starts.