By Pete Zarustica
It was a pitching duel for the ages. 21 and 45.
The Angels’ starter on Friday was 21-year-old Jaime Barria. The Rangers’ starter was 45-year-old Bartolo Colon. Youth won.
Barria, a rookie who has been up and down from the high minors this season, improved his record to 5-1 after six strong innings in the Halos’ 6-0 win over the Texas Rangers in Anaheim.
“When he debuted, I was barely one year old,” Barria said of Colon. “It’s really impressive. It was a great moment to share with him and watch him pitch.”
The victory improved the Angels’ record to 31-27. That keeps them in third place in the American League West, one game ahead of the Oakland Athletics and 5.5 games back of the division-leading Houston Astros.
Barria gave up just four hits, while striking out six and walking one. Colon (2-3) was rocked for six runs – including a pair of home runs, from Albert Pujols and Ian Kinsler – in his three-inning stint.
For once the Halo bullpen was successful, shutting out the Rangers over the final three innings, allowing just four hits and one walk.
The second game of the series on Saturday will see Garrett Richards (4-4) matched against Cole Hamels (3-5).
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