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Colon overpowers Seattle to help Mets to 3-2 victory

NEAR PITCH-PERFECT:Though he was seven outs shy of a perfect game, Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon was close to flawless against the Mariners, retiring their first 20 batters

AP, SEATTLE, Washington

Bartolo Colon came within seven outs of a perfect game on Wednesday, giving up a single to Robinson Cano with two outs in the seventh inning, as the New York Mets held off a late rally to beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 in interleague play.

The 41-year-old Colon retired the first 20 batters he faced before Cano lined a 2-2 pitch into left field. Colon (9-8) improved to 13-1 all-time at Seattle’s Safeco Field. The Mariners had no answers for the rotund right-hander, who gave up two runs and three hits in 7-1/3 innings.

In other interleague action, Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run homer and Austin Jackson had a three-run double as the Tigers downed the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-5 in a slugfest.

Detroit roughed up Trevor Cahill (1-7), going up 7-0 after four innings behind Jackson’s big hit and three RBIs by Alex Avila.

Arizona clawed their way back against Anibal Sanchez (7-4), scoring three runs off him in the fifth and two more in the next two innings.

In Tuesday’s other interleague clash, the Tampa Bay Rays blanked the St Louis Cardinals 3-0,

In the American League, Anthony Swarzak pitched five sharp innings in a fill-in start and Oswaldo Arcia homered as the Minnesota Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 3-1.

Danny Santana scored after two of his three hits for the Twins and five relievers totaled six strikeouts over four scoreless innings. Glen Perkins finished up in the ninth for his 24th save in 27 tries.

Elsewhere in the AL, The Kansas City Royals edged the Chicago White Sox 2-1 after Mike Moustakas scored the tiebreaking run in the top of the ninth when catcher Tyler Flowers could not handle a throw home, while New York’s Brett Gardner hit a tiebreaking homer off All-Star ace Yu Darvish in the Yankees’ 2-1 win over the Texas Rangers in a rain-shortened game.

Also on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Angels edged the Baltimore Orioles 3-2, the Oakland Athletics were 9-7 winners over the Houston Astros and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Boston Red Sox 6-4

In the National League, Mark Reynolds homered twice as the Milwaukee Brewers completed a three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds 5-1, while Colorado’s Jorge de La Rosa struck out a season-high 11 Washington batters as the Rockies ended a seven-game losing streak with a 6-4 win over the Nationals.

In other NL games, Josh Harrison had two hits with two RBIs as Pittsburgh downed the Dodgers 6-1, the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1, the Atlanta Braves trounced the Miami Marlins 6-1 and the San Diego Padres crushed the Chicago Cubs 8-3.

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