Emerging as a top candidate for the AL Cy Young Award, Bartolo Colon hopes to win his seventh straight decision for the Los Angeles Angels when they meet the Seattle Mariners in the decisive game of a weekend series.
Colon is 6-0 with a 2.36 ERA over his last eight outings. He lasted 9 1-3 innings and allowed only one run and six hits in a 2-1, 11-inning loss to Oakland on Tuesday.
The right-hander became the first Angel to pitch into the 10th inning since Mark Langston on Sept. 27, 1992. He wasn’t able to earn the win because Oakland’s Barry Zito allowed one run and three hits over nine innings.
“I knew coming into today that one run was all it was going to take,” Colon said through an interpreter. “The way Zito has been pitching, it was going to come down to a run.”
Colon leads the AL with 17 wins, and his strong second half has thrust him into the Cy Young race.
He is 1-1 with a 5.14 ERA in two starts against Seattle this season. Colon is 8-8 with a 4.64 ERA in 19 career starts against the Mariners.
Los Angeles remained in a first-place tie with Oakland in the AL West race after a 6-3 loss Saturday. The Angels and Athletics are also tied with the New York Yankees for the AL wild-card lead.
Seattle continued its strong play at Angel Stadium this season by scoring four times in the ninth inning to snap a 2-2 tie. Ichiro Suzuki triggered the outburst with an RBI single and Raul Ibanez capped it with a two-run single.
The Mariners improved to 6-2 at Anaheim this season, limiting the Angels to 29 runs in those games.
Seattle rookie Jeff Harris can win his third straight decision in his fourth start of the season Sunday. The 31-year-old right-hander surrendered three runs and six hits over 6 1-3 innings Tuesday in an 8-3 win over the Yankees.
“Except for getting married, it’s the highlight of my life so far,” Harris said. “It’s really fun to go out there and compete against one of the best teams and organizations in the history of the game.”
Harris pitched 3 2-3 innings of relief against the Angels in a 9-1 loss on Aug. 13, surrendering one run and two hits.