The Dominican Bartolo Colón claimed a victory and made history in the Major Leagues by becoming the first player in the majors to achieve more victories against the same rival with different teams.
While with the bat, the Venezuelan Carlos Pérez stood out, who hit a home run in his debut with the majors and established a new mark in the Major Leagues.
The veteran right-hander is the first in at least 100 years to beat the same opponent with seven different teams, after the New York Mets beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 in interleague play.
Colón (5-1), who is only three weeks away from his 42nd birthday, pitched 7 2/3 innings and went shutout until the eighth inning, until third baseman Manny Machado also of Dominican origin hit him a solo home run.
The Dominican allowed six hits, a home run and a run, and retired nine enemies by way of strikeout to score the victory.
The starter improved to 13-8 against the Orioles for life, whom he first beat in 1999.
Colón has kept the Orioles under control with his streamer, while pitching for the Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics and now the Mets.
Since there is a record of data from the majors of 1914, there is no pitcher who has achieved what Colón did.
His compatriot closer Jeurys Familia (11) pitched the last inning and extended his lead in the major league saves section to 11.
Dominican first baseman Albert Pujols and Venezuelan Pérez hit home runs and led the Los Angeles Angels to a 5-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners.
Pujols (5) hit from four corners and drove in two runs for the Angels.
The Dominican hit a full lap carrying a runner on the road in the first inning, and reached base three times to go 2-for-3 with a walk, a single, a homer, two RBIs and two runs scored.
Pujols is hitting .239 with 12 RBIs in 25 games this season.
But it was Pérez who played with the hero bat by hitting a home run in his first game in the majors.
Pérez hit a full lap, with no runners in the way, in the ninth to seal the Angels’ victory.
Pérez’s home run came off closer Dominic Leone and he became the first major league player to homer in his debut since countryman Miguel Cabrera hitting for the Miami Marlins on June 20, 2003. against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Perez, who grew up in the Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros minor league systems, becomes the fourth player since 1900 to hit a game-winning home run in his major league debut.
Dominican starter Wandy Rodríguez pitched eight innings against his former team and his compatriot, Ranger Carlos Peguero, homered for the Texas Rangers, who defeated the Astros 7-1.
Rodríguez (1-1) got his first win so far this season by working eight episodes, allowed three hits, a home run and a run, gave a base on balls and struck out eight enemies.
The Dominican left his ERA at 3.12 at the end of his work on the mound.
In his third start, Rodriguez, who was signed to a minor league contract by the Rangers in April after being released by the Atlanta Braves, earned his first win since May 26, 2013, pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
His compatriot Peguero (1) banged the bat and hit his first home run of the season with a running runner.
For the Astros, Venezuelan third baseman Luis Valbuena (7) hit the ball to the fairway the only time he had contact with the four-trip ball he made to the batter’s box, with no runners on base.
Also in the loss, Dominican Starling Marte (7) hit a solo home run with the Pittsburgh Pirates, which keeps him leading in that facet of the game, but his team was defeated 1-7 by the Cincinnati Reds.
Mexican Adrián González also sent the ball into the street in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 8-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.
González (9) hit 1 of 3, hit a full lap with a teammate on the trails, in the seventh episode.
The two runs that the Mexican drove in give him 22 RBIs so far this season, and he leaves his batting average at .361.
Dominican starter Michael Pineda remained undefeated and in eight innings led the New York Yankees to a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Pineda (4-0) pitched eight innings, allowed five hits, walked one and retired six opponents via strikeout to earn the win.
The Dominican didn’t allow a runner past second base until the third inning when Russell Martin doubled and sent Devon Travis to third.
Pineda made 101 pitches, 70 were perfect, and left his ERA in 39 episodes and a third so far this season at 2.97. EFE