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Zimmermann leads Tigers past Rangers 3-1
Saturday Jul 07, 2018 12:00am

(DETROIT) – Jordan Zimmermann knew two things when he took the mound against Bartolo Colon on Friday night. He was going to have to be good to keep Colon from making history, and the game wasn't going to take long. Zimmermann came through, outdueling Colon as the Detroit Tigers beat the Texas Rangers 3-1 in a game that ended four minutes after sunset at Comerica Park. Colon was trying to become the winningest Latin-American pitcher in major league history. He remains tied with Dennis Martinez with 245 career victories. He pitched well, allowing three runs, including homers by James McCann and JaCoby Jones in an eight-inning complete game, but Zimmermann (4-0) was better. The Tigers right-hander allowed one run and four hits and struck out 10 or more for the first time since his no-hitter for Washington against Florida on Sept. 28, 2014. There were no walks in the game, and neither starter needed 100 pitches for their eight-inning outings. Zimmermann threw 96 pitches, and Colon 97. Joe Jimenez pitched the ninth for his third save, helping the Tigers end a three-game losing streak by winning for just the third time in 17 games. The Rangers took the lead on the game's second pitch as Shin-Soo Choo hit a homer into the shrubbery beyond the center-field fence. The home run extended his on-base streak to 45 games, the longest in the majors this season. McCann put the Tigers ahead with a two-run homer in the second inning, but Zimmermann and Colon took over after that.

Jordan Zimmermann pitches to a Texas batter in Friday night action (photo courtesy of DFP)
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