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Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Matchup: Martin Perez vs. Bartolo Colon

By Eric Gilmore
Special to ESPNDallas.com

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Texas Rangers will face the Oakland Athletics in the second game of their three-game series Tuesday night at the O.co Coliseum. Rangers left-hander Martin Perez will face A's right-hander Bartolo Colon. First pitch is at 9:05 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540 AM.

Perez (8-3, 3.58 ERA): Perez will take a five-game winning streak into his start Tuesday. … In his past five starts, he's 5-0 with a 3.06 ERA, 26 strikeouts and 11 walks over 35⅓ innings. … His last lost came on July 21 against the Baltimore Orioles. … In his last start, Perez allowed two runs and five hits over six innings in a 12-4 win at Seattle. … This will be his first start against the A's this season, but he went 1-2 with a 9.90 ERA in three starts last season against Oakland. … Perez lasted just 2/3 of an inning against the A's in a Sept. 26 start, allowing five runs and six hits in a 9-3 loss.

Colon (14-5, 2.94): Colon came off the 15-day disabled list (strained groin) and took a no-decision Thursday at Detroit, allowing just one run on seven hits over five innings in a 7-6 A's loss. … He'll take a two-game losing streak into Tuesday's start, which matches his longest skid of the season. … Colon's last win came on July 26 against the Los Angeles Angels. … Colon's time on the DL appeared to revive his arm and increase his velocity, which had dipped from the low 90s to the mid 80s. … Over his past three starts, Colon is 0-2 with a 8.49 ERA and has thrown five or fewer innings each time. … Colon is 19-7 with a 2.65 ERA in 31 career starts against Texas. The 19 wins are tied for the most by any pitcher against the Rangers.

Hitters: A's left fielder Yoenis Cespedes is 2-for-6 with one double, one triple and one RBI against Perez. … A's center fielder Coco Crisp is 2-for-6 with a double and one RBI versus Perez. … Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is hitting .302 (19-for-63) with five home runs and 14 RBIs against Colon, while outfielder Alex Rios is batting .346 (9-for-26) with one double, one triple and four RBIs. … Outfielder David Murphy has had success against Colon, too, hitting .357 (5-for-14) with a home run, and first baseman Mitch Moreland is 3-for-10 with a double, a home run and two RBIs.