The Oakland Athletics are closing in on another AL West title, and giving the ball to Bartolo Colon should get them even closer. It could also improve his chances at another AL Cy Young Award.
Josh Donaldson provided Oakland’s biggest highlight with a breathtaking catch. He also provided the lowlight when he ran through a stop sign to kill one of the few rallies the Athletics managed against Martin Perez.
Oakland Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon was placed the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin.
Jordan Lyles pitched seven innings for his first win in nearly two months, Brandon Barnes doubled twice and drove in two runs, and the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 5-4 on Tuesday night to snap a six-game losing streak.
Giving the ball to Bartolo Colon could at least help the AL West leaders limit the Cincinnati Reds’ opportunities.
The AL West-leading Oakland A’s have now lost consecutive games for the first time since opening the second half by dropping two in a row in Anaheim.
Bartolo Colon will try to match the major league lead with a 15th victory Wednesday when the AL West-leading A’s conclude their series with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Bartolo Colon continued his unlikely dominance for the Oakland Athletics last weekend, getting the best of his matchup with the Los Angeles Angels’ Jerome Williams.
Bartolo Colon pitched a four-hitter for his third shutout this season and center fielder Chris Young robbed Albert Pujols of a home run to help the A’s beat the Angels 6-0 on Sunday.
Four All-Stars this year – San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera, Oakland pitcher Bartolo Colon, Texas outfielder Nelson Cruz and Detroit shortstop Jhonny Peralta – have been linked in media reports to Biogenesis, the closed Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing PEDs.