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Bartolo Colon could see more time as a starter

ARLINGTON – Big Sexy made his 11th appearance in his career on Tuesday night. It could be a while before Bartolo Colon throws again out of the bullpen.

The Rangers put him back in his rotation. Martin Perez in his second outing of the season, he was the Rangers' last starter to fight, allowing eight runs in more than three innings in an 11-1 loss to the Angels at Globe Life Park.


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ARLINGTON – Big Sexy made his 11th appearance in his career on Tuesday night. It could be a while before Bartolo Colon throws again out of the bullpen.

The Rangers put him back in his rotation. Martin Perez in his second outing of the season, he was the Rangers' last starter to fight, allowing eight runs in more than three innings in an 11-1 loss to the Angels at Globe Life Park.


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Perez's rough start, on the same day the Rangers put Doug Fister on the disabled list with a right hip injury ] left the Rangers with a record of 4 -7 and an ERA of 5.66 after 13 games. That's why they need Colon in their rotation since the Rangers are 4-9 overall, their worst start since they lost 10 of their first 13 in 2002.

"I think my things were there tonight," he said. Pérez "I just tried to throw a punch and I could not, one of those days I was trying to do my best and I could not get good results, just come back [Wednesday] and have a better start next time."

Video: LAA @ TEX: Robinson connects a double producer to right field

The Rangers needed three innings each from Jesse Chavez and Colon to finish the game. Colon allowed a run and threw 29 pitches, a good set-up for Sunday's scheduled start against the Astros.

Colon even managed Shohei Ohtani who hit pop with two outs in the ninth. Colon retired him on the ground to second base and is now preparing to start again after only two relief appearances for the Rangers.

Video: LAA @ TEX: Colon retires Ohtani with groundout in ninth [19659002] "I saw him throw pitches (19459050) in three innings, quality punches," manager Jeff Banister said. "Move the ball, do what Bartolo does, very efficient with all his pitches."

Perez started the game by getting Zack Cozart in a right-wing throwing and striking Mike Trout watching. But both outs went into full releases and then Perez threw a double towards Justin Upton .

Video: LAA @ TEX: Perez hits Trout in the 1st

Cozart went to third in a single by Albert Pujols and scored in a wild pitch. Andrelton Simmons kept the inning alive by beating a slow player with third base Adrian Beltre and Jefry Marte and Chris Young delivered a Couple of singles who score races.

"We were trying to fight and we did not get the results," Pérez said. "It was part of the game.

Trout hit a home run against Perez in the second and Simmons made it in the third. A double producer by Luis Valbuena gave the Angels a 6-1 lead. Perez started the fourth with walks to Trout and Upton, and that's when Banister turned to Chávez. Both runners ended up scoring in a three-run inning, and the eight runs are tied for the second highest amount awarded by Perez early in his career.

"It was only the quality of the strike," Banister said. "His change was to cut the plate and he could not get his fastball where he wanted it, he was playing back in the ball hit ratio."

Colon rarely has that problem. He threw 19 hits in 29 pitches against the Angels. The Rangers hope to help turn Sunday's rotation against the Astros.

IMPORTANT MOMENTS
The Rangers lose opportunity: The Rangers loaded the bases in the first two innings and were lost in chances to do serious damage. Skaggs struck Robinson Chirinos to finish the first. Drew Robinson had a double producer in the second and then Skaggs loaded the bases with two walks for Jurickson Profar and Elvis Andrus . But Skaggs, with a 4-1 lead, escaped that by getting Beltre to the right.

"It just slows the game down a bit," said Skaggs when asked to describe the key to minimize damage. "I just know that I want them to come to my field, I really need to make some good pitches with full bases, today I've taken a lot of breaks"

Video: LAA @ TEX: Skaggs leaves a jam loaded with bases

Columbus attends a spectacular double play: Colon, pitching in relief for the Rangers, had to face Pujols with a runner in the first and one out in the seventh. Pujols broke a liner by the means that Columbus reached with his glove and swerved in the air. Second baseman Profar caught him on the fly and threw to first base to subdue the emerging runner Ryan Schimpf

"That was amazing," said Profar. "That ball was hit too hard, it's fast, it came in my direction but it was hit very hard, I saw it hit and I reacted to that"

Video: LAA @ TEX: Colon induces double game, jokes with Pujols

QUOTE
"It was surreal … I waited all my life for this, to have the opportunity to be on this stage is amazing." Rangers infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa in making his Major League debut.

Beltre goes through Biggio
Beltre had a two-out single in the first inning, giving him 3,061 hits for his career. That happens to Hall of Famer Craig Biggio and places him in exclusive possession of 23rd place of all time. He has 20 hits behind Cap Anson in 22nd place.

Video: LAA @ TEX: Beltre passes to Biggio for 23rd place of all time

WHAT'S NEXT
Matt Moore pitches against the Angels at the end of a three-game series at 7:05 p.m. CT Wednesday at Globe Life Park. Moore lost his first two starts with the Rangers, but is 4-0 with a 1.78 ERA in five starts in his career against the Angels.

See each regular season game out of the market live on MLB.TV .

TR Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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