Another Win For Colon Amid New PED Allegations; A’s Top Brewers 6-1
MILWAUKEE (CBS/AP) — Bartolo Colon won his fourth straight start and Brandon Moss hit a three-run homer to lead the Oakland A’s to a 6-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.
Colon (7-2) gave up one earned run and eight hits in seven innings for Oakland, which has won 16 of its last 19 games. He struck out four and walked two.
Colon is among more than a dozen players whose names have been tied to a now-closed Miami anti-aging clinic under investigation by Major League Baseball. The right-hander missed the end of last season when he was suspended 50 games after testing positive for synthetic testosterone.
Milwaukee left fielder Ryan Braun, who has also been linked to the clinic, did not play because of a lingering thumb problem.
Yovani Gallardo (4-6) allowed six hits and five earned runs in six innings to lose for the fifth time in his last six starts.
The A’s broke a 1-1 tie with five runs in the seventh to win for the eighth time in their last 11 road games.
John Jaso led off with a walk before Yoenis Cespedes and Jed Lowrie singled to load the bases. Josh Donaldson, who finished with three hits, hit a two-run single to right field that gave Oakland a 3-1 lead, and Gallardo was replaced with Michael Gonzalez.
Gonzalez got Seth Smith to fly out, but Moss smashed the first pitch he saw into the stands for his ninth homer of the season—Oakland’s 12,000th all-time—and a 6-1 lead.
Colon, coming off a five-hit shutout against the White Sox on Friday, wriggled out of two jams.
With the score tied 1-1 in the fifth, Milwaukee had runners on first and third with no outs. But Gallardo was out at home when he tried to score on Jean Segura’s ground ball to Donaldson at third. Carlos Gomez then grounded into a double play.
In the sixth, Jonathan Lucroy hit a leadoff single and took second on Logan Schafer’s sacrifice bunt. But Colon got Yuniesky Betancourt to fly out and then struck out Juan Francisco.
Colon’s streak of 18 straight innings without allowing a run came to an end in the first when Gomez’s triple to center field scored Segura for a 1-0 lead.
Oakland tied the score at 1-1 in the fifth, as Lowrie scored from third when Smith grounded into a double play.
Notes: Oakland’s 18-6 record since May 11 is the best in the majors. … The A’s improved to 6-24 in their last 30 games in Milwaukee. . Colon entered the game with just four walks all season. . Scooter Gennett collected his first career hit with a single in the ninth. … The Brewers placed RHP Marco Estrada (4-4) on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. RHP Tyler Thornburg was recalled from Triple-A Nashville to take his place. . Milwaukee RHP Jim Henderson will begin a rehab assignment with Class-A Beloit on Friday. He’s been on the DL since May 25 with a strained right hamstring.
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