Behind their bats and the brilliance of Bartolo Colon, the Oakland Athletics defeated the Los Angeles Angels 6-4 on Friday night at the O.co Coliseum.
Colon was excellent once again as he notched his 14th win of the year and broke the record for most wins in a season after turning 40. The big man went six innings and scattered seven hits and two walks.
The game got off to a rough start for Colon in the first inning, as he allowed a leading single, then a two-run homer to Mike Trout to left center field.
That turned out to be his only blemish of the evening.
Colon got himself in a jam in the sixth, when the Angels put two runners on base with one out, but he got Erick Aybar to fly out and Hank Conger to foul out to end the threat.
The A’s scored early and often against Angela starter Jerome Williams, who allowed four runs on six hits in five innings.
In the bottom half of the first, Jed Lowrie uncorked one deep to right, cutting the Angels’ lead in half.
Then, in the second, Eric Sogard drove in Josh Reddick with an RBI single after Reddick doubled to lead off the inning.
After Coco Crisp singled and stole second, Lowrie knocked in both Sogard and Crisp with a single down the right field line, and the A’s took a 4-2 lead.
Crisp showed off his arm in the next inning, doubling off Trout as he attempted to tag on a fly ball out by Albert Pujols. It was Crisp’s first outfield assist since last September, and a rarity considering his week and “noodle” arm.
The A’s extended their lead in the sixth, when Stephen Vogt launched a two-run homer to right, doubling his career total to two big flies.
Sean Doolittle and Ryan Cook shut down the Angels in the next two frames, but Jerry Blevins ran into some trouble in the ninth when he allowed the first two batters to reach. Grant Balfour came in for the save and allowed a two-run single to Pujols, but ultimately closed out the victory for the A’s.
Oakland finished the night with 10 hits, their first game with double-digit hits since July 7th in Kansas City. However their 3-4-5 hitters were a combined 1-for-11 at the plate.
With the Rangers’ loss earlier today, the A’s now have a four game cushion in the AL West, their largest of the season.