Colón becomes most successful Latin America-born pitcher

Bartolo Colón has broken the record for most wins by a pitcher from Latin America. (Reuters pic)

ARLINGTON: Bartolo Colón became Major League Baseball’s most successful pitcher from Latin America as the Texas Rangers defeated the visiting Seattle Mariners 11-4 on Tuesday night.

It was the 246th career victory for the 45-year-old right-hander, breaking a tie with Nicaragua’s Dennis Martínez. Earlier this season, Colón passed Juan Marichal (243 wins) for the most for a native of the Dominican Republic.

Colón (6-10), making his sixth attempt at the record after going 0-5 since tying the mark on June 30, allowed four runs on eight hits in seven innings. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out one.

Jurickson Profar, Rougned Odor, and Adrián Beltré homered off Seattle right-hander Félix Hernández (8-10).

Hernández, the longtime Mariners ace whose spot in the rotation is in jeopardy as the team chases its first postseason berth since 2001, gave up 11 runs (seven earned) on eight hits in six innings. He walked four and struck out two.

Third baseman Kyle Seager made two fielding errors to account for the unearned runs against Hernández, who has lost four consecutive decisions spanning his past five starts.

The Mariners took the lead on solo homers by Nelson Cruz, his 30th of the season, and Seager, his 19th, in the second inning.

Seattle made it 3-0 in the top of the third on a run-scoring triple by Denard Span.

But the Rangers rallied with four runs in the bottom of the inning, the key hit being a two-run double by Odor.

Texas made it 5-3 in the fourth on Willie Calhoun’s sacrifice fly.

The Mariners pulled within 5-4 in the fifth on Mitch Haniger’s sacrifice fly before Profar hit a three-run homer, his 12th, in the bottom of the inning.

In the sixth, Odor hit a two-run homer, his 14th, and Beltré added a solo shot, his sixth, to make it 11-4.

Rangers left-hander Jeffrey Springs pitched two scoreless innings of relief.

The teams wrap up their three-game series, which is tied at a game apiece, on Wednesday afternoon.