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.