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A's Fall to Rangers on Milestone Night for Veteran Bartolo Colon

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Bartolo Colon worked five innings for his 243rd career victory, matching Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal for the most by a player born in the Dominican Republic when the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 8-2 on Wednesday night.

The 45-year-old Colon (3-3), in his fourth attempt at the milestone victory, got it against one of the 10 other major league teams he has pitched for since his big league debut in 1997 with Cleveland. He allowed two runs with one strikeout and two walks.

Jurickson Profar homered twice, while Joey Gallo and Ronald Guzman also went deep for the Rangers in the first four innings against Oakland right-handed starter Daniel Mengden (6-5). Profar had his first multihomer game, and added a two-run single in the seventh for a career-high five RBIs.

Colon held the A's scoreless until Khris Davis hit his 15th homer, a two-run shot that made it 6-2 with two outs in the fifth. After getting an inning-ending flyball on his 97th pitch, Colon did fist-bumps with teammates in the dugout.

The well-liked portly right-hander known as "Big Sexy" went to spring training with the Rangers on a minor league deal, and eventually agreed to another minor league deal before starting their fifth game. Colon has appeared in 13 games, with 11 starts in a rotation missing injured Martin Perez after earlier disabled list stints by starters Doug Fister and Matt Moore.

Colon leads all active pitchers with 243 wins and 3,383 2-3 innings pitched. His 2,499 strikeouts are third among active pitchers, behind CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander - all three are former AL Cy Young Award winners. Nicaragua's Dennis Martinez, with 245 wins, is the only Latin American native with more wins than Colon.

Texas led 3-0 in the first after Profar hit a two-run shot and Gallo immediately followed with his 17th homer. Both also homered Tuesday night, when the Rangers went deep a season-high five times against Oakland.

Profar hit another in the third, giving him homers in three consecutive at-bats. He walked in his final plate appearance Tuesday after his sixth-inning homer then.

Guzman's two-run homer in the fourth made it 6-0.

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