Colon (8-8) won his third straight start, allowing just three singles in seven innings against Texas’ powerful lineup Thursday. The Angels snapped a four-game losing streak with an 11-1 win over the AL West-leading Rangers.
“It was good that I was able to do my job, nice to be able to pitch well,” Colon said. “I can’t think about the worst is gone by. There is a lot of baseball left. I just look forward to continuing on and pitching strong.”
After getting a $51 million, four-year deal last winter, Colon allowed just one earned run over 14 innings his first two Anaheim starts. But he went 3-8 the next 15 starts with a 6.57 ERA before his personal winning streak.
Colon has given up a league-high 28 homers, but he limited Texas—tied with the New York Yankees for the major league lead at 145 homers—to two singles by Eric Young and Laynce Nix’s run-scoring hit in the seventh.
“It seems every pitch was working for me, and I was able to find a groove,” said Colon, who didn’t allow a homer for only the fifth time. “I was able to get the ball down low where I needed.”
Robb Quinlan had four hits for Anaheim, which won for only the second time in seven games. The third-place Angels are still five games behind Texas, which lost for just the second time in seven games since the All-Star break.
All but three of Anaheim’s 17 hits were singles.
Rangers starter Ricardo Rodriguez (3-1), who entered the game with a string of 15 1-3 consecutive scoreless innings, sustained a broken right elbow when he was struck by Quinlan’s liner to start the fourth. He is out for the year.
“The biggest loss is to know that Ricardo got pretty mangled up,” shortstop Michael Young said. “We’re all going to have to rally around each other. We’ve really grown to depend on him heavily the last few starts.”
Now the Rangers have to fill another spot in the rotation. All-Star left-hander Kenny Rogers (12-3) is the only pitcher that has remained in the rotation all season.
Colon held the Rangers without a hit until Young’s one-out infield single on a slow roller down the third-base line in the fifth. Quinlan made a clean play and threw to first, but Young beat the throw by a step.
Colon struck out six and walked three, throwing 106 pitches on a sunny day with the temperature near the mid-90s.
“He was throwing the ball the last couple of innings better than we’ve seen in a while,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “His velocity was the best we’ve seen in a long time.”
In the seventh, Colon walked Mark Teixeira before Young and Nix had consecutive singles for Texas’ only run. Colon was replaced by Brendan Donnelly to start the eighth. He and Kevin Gregg finished the four-hitter.
Quinlan was 4-for-5 with a run and two RBIs, including an RBI double in Anaheim’s four-run ninth. He was credited with a single on the ball that knocked out Rodriguez.
“It’s never any fun when it comes off the bat like that,” Quinlan said. “I saw it hit him … it’s just an unfortunate situation.”
Anaheim built a 4-0 lead with four straight two-out singles in the second. After Jose Molina and Adam Kennedy, the Nos. 8-9 hitters, had hits, Chone Figgins drove them home with a single and DaVanon followed with a run-scoring hit before getting picked off.
Rodriguez allowed four runs on seven hits, after allowing just two earned runs over 23 2-3 innings his previous three starts. He struck out one and walked one.
Nick Regilio replaced Rodriguez and got Molina to ground into a double play.
Quinlan had an RBI single and Kennedy a run-scoring hit in Anaheim’s three-run sixth against Regilio that made it 7-1.
Anderson left in the seventh with a tight groin, which he irritated running out an infield single. Scioscia said Anderson probably won’t play in the field for several days, and might not even DH. … Colon is 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA against Texas this season, 5-8 with a 6.57 ERA against everyone else. … Texas is 17-11 against the AL West, 11-4 at home. The next 10 games are against division foes. … Anaheim is 25-23 on the road, joining the Yankees and Minnesota as the only AL teams with winning records away from home.