Bartolo Colon is still stalled out on win No. 242 for his career but the Rangers picked up win No. 22 in 2018 with a walk-off against Kansas City.
Colon was trying to match Juan Marichal for the most wins ever by a Dominican born pitcher but the offense that had been so potent during this homestand was stuck in comeback mode after the Royals took an early 3-0 lead.
The peck-away worked as Texas tied things with runs in the third, fourth, and sixth innings. But, by the time Texas scored the winning run in the ninth, Colon had already exited the game.
Nevertheless, the Rangers still won the dang thing with a tenth inning walk-off dong off the bat of Shin-Soo Choo.
Player of the Game: In Colon’s first start as a 45 year old, the large carnally attractive one allowed three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out four. All three of the Royals’ runs off Colon came in the third inning — and in fact, four of the five hits that Colon allowed came in that frame.
Otherwise, Colon was stellar while giving Texas seven innings on 106 pitches in sweltering conditions. It was the type of outing that was one half-inning adjustment away from being dominant with a record-tying victory. Instead, Colon will have to settle for a quality start that helped lead the team to a win in the end.
Up Next: The Rangers close out their homestand and this series with the Royals with Cole Hamels on the mound against, no joke, Jason Hammel. First pitch in the getaway finale is scheduled for 2:05 pm CT.