Supported by four home runs in the first three innings, Mexican Julio Urías became the ninth Mexican-born pitcher to win 15 games in a Major League season on Monday, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 over the Atlanta Braves.
Urias also became the first 15-game winner of the season after Chicago Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks failed in his attempt Sunday.
The Dodgers left-hander also became the 40th Mexican-born pitcher to pitch in at least 100 major league games, reaching just 100 in his 26th start of the season.
The 24-year-old from Sinaloa pitched six innings for four hits and two runs – both earned – without walking, striking out seven and allowing a pair of home runs, to put his record at 15-3.
Cuban Jorge Soler and Freddie Freeman hit consecutive home runs in the sixth inning, already with two outs on the board, to break the Mexican’s shutout.
Instead, the defeated Drew Smyly (9-4) allowed four homers for the five runs in the first third of the game, being dropped by Max Muncy in the first episode, Will Smith in the second and Mookie Betts and Corey Seager – the only one. with runner on base– in third.
The last Mexican pitcher to reach at least 15 wins in a season was Monterrey lefty Jorge De La Rosa, who finished with 16 in 2013 with the Colorado Rockies.
The list is headed by left-handers Fernando Valenzuela and Teodoro Higuera with four occasions each. Then they are with De La Rosa himself, Rodrigo López, and Yovani Gallardo twice. With once appear Ismael Valdez, Óliver Pérez, Esteban Loaiza and now Urías.