Bartolo Colon: 'Big Belly' Protected Him from 101 MPH Ball Hitting Him

Guillermo Heredia hit a one-run single to give the Mariners the 9-8 win Tuesday

Guillermo Heredia hit a one-run single to give the Mariners the 9-8 win Tuesday

On Wednesday the Texas Rangers right-hander simply laughed after Seattle Mariners shortstop Jean Segura smacked a line drive off his stomach that, according to The Athletic's Levi Weaver, was sailing at 102 miles per hour.

On the cusp of his 45th birthday, Colon (2-1) put together arguably his best performance this season.

"The important thing is we won the game and I was able to get the out", Colon told reporters, according to the Associated Press. "He (Segura) got me on the side". It was not in the middle. "And I have a big belly, so I can (handle) it".

Colon put up 42.1 FanDuel points at a cost of $7,000.

No, the sharply hit ball up the middle that bounced off Bartolo Colon hardly deterred the veteran pitcher from picking it up and throwing the runner out at first.

Kyle Seager homered in the ninth. It missed Colon's glove and hit him square in the stomach, but he recovered and threw out the Mariners shortstop.

Bergman made his first start of the year a good one, finishing with five strikeouts over 90 pitches.

Seattle starter Christian Bergman didn't allow a hit until Kiner-Falefa reached on an infielder grounder in the fifth inning.

James Pazos (1-1) was tagged with the loss after giving up two hits opening the eighth.

To clear a spot for Bergman on the 25-man roster, right-handed reliever Eric Goeddel was designated for assignment by the Mariners. Andrus has been out since breaking his right elbow on April 12.

Rangers: Cole Hamels (2-4) makes his 10th start as the Rangers open a series against the Chicago White Sox. He now owns a 2.82 ERA in 58.2 innings pitched this season. Gonzales has thrown six innings in each of his last four starts, but took the loss in his last outing also against the Tigers.

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