Colon is 7-0 with a 2.44 ERA in 11 career outings against Tampa Bay. Over the last two seasons, he is 3-0 with a 1.78 ERA in four starts facing the Devil Rays.
The hard-throwing right-hander is 5-2 with a 4.89 ERA over his last eight starts. Colon gave up one run and 10 hits over seven innings Tuesday in a 10-1 win over Baltimore, taking advantage of an early 4-0 cushion.
“When we were up 4-0, I took it upon myself and said this game is on me now,” Colon said through an interpreter. “I put it on myself to give my team a victory.”
Colon is 4-1 with a 4.05 ERA in six day starts.
Los Angeles fell into a first-place tie with Oakland in the AL West Division race after a 6-4 loss on Saturday. The Angels stranded nine runners and wasted a 12-hit attack.
The Angels expect to have first baseman Darin Erstad back in the lineup Sunday. Erstad has missed the last two games due to inflammation in his right hip, but manager Mike Scioscia indicated he would be ready to go for the series finale.
Tampa Bay avoided a third straight loss and snapped a seven-game Angel Stadium losing streak with Saturday’s win. The Devil Rays’ top two hitters in the lineup—Joey Gathright and Carl Crawford—combined to go 4-for-10 with three runs scored
Gathright, considered to be faster than the speedy Crawford, is batting .438 (7-for-16) over his past four starts. The Devil Rays believe he has progressed well in the field and want to see him do the same at the plate.
“He’s been swinging the bat better,” Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella said. “That’s been the question mark—how well will he hit?”
Tampa Bay is 15-7 since the All-Star break—the second-best mark in the AL behind Oakland’s 19-4 record.