Bartolo Colon has gone from disappointing to dominant.
Colon, who signed a $51 million, four-year deal with the Angels in the offseason, had a brutal first half, going 5-8 with a 6.57 ERA.
Since then, however, the 30-year-old right-hander has won four starts in a row, giving up only five earned runs over 27 innings and lowering his ERA to 5.50.
In a 2-0 win over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday, Colon combined with two relievers on a one-hitter, pitching seven dominant innings.
“I absolutely think this was my best outing of the year,” said Colon, who struck out eight and walked two. “I feel like I’m taking some positive steps toward having a strong finish for this ballclub, but I also know there are a lot of starts ahead of me, so I have to keep working hard. I’m glad I’m contributing and giving some innings to the team.”
The win put Colon above .500 (9-8) for the first time this season.
“To do that against a fine hitting club like the Rangers, that’s a special night,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Bartolo was incredible.”
On Saturday, Jose Guillen hit a two-run walkoff homer in the 11th inning to give the Angels a 9-8 victory over the Mariners.
Curtis Pride, who took over in the outfield for an injured Vladimir Guerrero, led off the 11th with a single against Eddie Guardado. Guillen drove an 0-1 pitch into the left-field bullpen for his 20th homer—and career-high fifth hit. He was mobbed by his teammates as he crossed home plate. The win was Anaheim’s eight in its last 11 games.
Ichiro Suzuki went 3-for-6 and became the first player since Pete Rose with as many as three 50-hit months in a career. He also became the first player with two 50-hit months in the same season since Ducky Medwick accomplished the feat with the 1936 St. Louis Cardinals. Suzuki had 50 in May, and 51 in August 2001.
Guerrero hit his 23rd home run for Anaheim, but left with a bruised left shoulder after he was struck by a wild throw from Seattle third baseman Jolbert Cabrera in the fifth.
The Mariners blew a 5-0 lead for the third time in six games and second time in this four-game series. Miguel Olivo and Raul Ibanez homered in a five-run third inning for Seattle, which has dropped seven of nine.