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BOSTON -- The rain kept falling and Bartolo Colon kept throwing fastballs for strikes.
He did it while wearing a short sleeve shirt while other players wore head coverings that left only a part of their faces exposed.
The 39-year-old right-hander allowed three hits in a rain-shortened seven-inning complete game and the Oakland Athletics broke a four-game losing streak with a 13-0 victory against the Boston Red Sox on a chilly, windy Tuesday night.
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"That's the perfect guy to have on the mound in games like that," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said, "a guy who's going to throw strikes, doesn't let the conditions affect him and keeps everybody on their toes because they know, potentially, the ball's going to be in play very quickly.
"He was the right man for the job."
Colon (3-0) needed only 24 pitches to get through the first two innings, 21 of them strikes. By the end, he had thrown 67 strikes and just 27 balls.
"He likes to use his fastball any time," regardless of the conditions, Colon's interpreter said.
But he said he was "a little" sad that he walked his first batter this season in 25 innings when Jacoby Ellsbury reached first leading off the sixth.
The Red Sox made many more mistakes than the A's, who capitalized on eight walks, two balks and two errors.
The A's broke a scoreless tie with six runs in the third when Seth Smith hit a two-run homer, then added two in the fourth, four in the fifth and one in the sixth.
"It was really cold and every time I'd catch the ball I hurt my hand. It didn't seem to faze [Colon] at all. I guess he's been doing this for a while," A's catcher John Jaso said. "He's a guy who doesn't complain."
Aceves (1-1) retired the first four batters then struggled before being relieved by Steven Wright with the score 8-0 with one out in the fourth. It was, by far, the worst performance by a Boston starter this season. In the other 19 games, starters allowed three or fewer runs 18 times and four runs once.
Oakland went ahead in the third when the first four batters reached base.
"The weather conditions weren't ideal, but to say that it was a major distraction, I don't know that we can go that far. We see what Bartolo did against us," Boston manager John Farrell said. "I thought Alfredo got off to a couple of good innings and then in the third inning things started to unravel.
"It was an ugly inning."
Brandon Moss hit a two-run single, a balk put runners at second and third and a sacrifice fly by Josh Donaldson made it 4-0. Josh Reddick then hit a hard grounder that first baseman Mike Napoli stopped, but Aceves was late covering the base and Reddick was safe.
"It was my fault," Aceves said.
Moss kept running and scored. And when Aceves' throw home went wild for an error, Reddick took second.
"There seemed to be a lack of focus" by Aceves, Farrell said.
The Athletics took an 8-0 lead in the fourth on Smith's second homer of the year then added four runs in the fifth off Wright on a two-run double by Crisp and a two-run single by Jaso. Melvin was anxious for the inning to end, making it an official game.
"I was a little nervous because it started raining a little bit harder in the fifth," he said. "You can't tell anybody to go up there and make an out and you never know how many [runs] you're going to need [but] you breathe a little bit more a sigh of relief once you're done with the fifth."
Reddick's RBI double in the sixth gave Oakland a 13-0 lead.
The A's finished with 13 hits after managing a total of 11 in their previous three games and had eight walks for the second consecutive game.
|Seth Smith homers and collects three RBI in the Athletics' blow out victory over the Red Sox. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Coco Crisp, CF||4||2||2||2||0||1||0||.319|
|a- Casper Wells, PH-LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.000|
|John Jaso, C||4||2||3||2||1||0||0||.258|
|Seth Smith, DH||4||2||1||3||1||1||1||.377|
|Jed Lowrie, SS||5||0||1||0||0||2||5||.351|
|Brandon Moss, 1B||4||2||3||2||1||0||1||.302|
|Josh Donaldson, 3B||2||1||1||1||2||1||2||.270|
|Josh Reddick, RF||4||1||2||2||0||1||3||.164|
|Chris Young, LF-CF||3||1||0||0||1||0||4||.152|
|Eric Sogard, 2B||2||2||0||0||2||1||3||.264|
|a-flied out for Crisp in the 6th|
|2B - Coco Crisp (8, Wright), John Jaso (3, Aceves), Josh Reddick (4, Wright)|
|HR - Seth Smith (2, Aceves)|
|SF - Josh Donaldson (1)|
|RBI - Coco Crisp 2 (11), John Jaso 2 (9), Seth Smith 3 (10), Brandon Moss 2 (16), Josh Donaldson (11), Josh Reddick 2 (12)|
|2-OUT RBI - Josh Reddick (2)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Bartolo Colon (W,3-0)||7||3||0||0||1||7||0||2.42|
|Pitches-Strikes - Bartolo Colon 94-67|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bartolo Colon 5-9|
|Batters Faced - Bartolo Colon 25|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||2||0||0||0||1||1||0||.287|
|Shane Victorino, RF||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.294|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.293|
|Pedro Ciriaco, 2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.143|
|Mike Napoli, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.268|
|Mike Carp, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.417|
|Daniel Nava, LF-1B||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.302|
|Will Middlebrooks, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||.173|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C||3||0||1||0||0||2||0||.218|
|Jonny Gomes, DH||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.194|
|Stephen Drew, SS||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.114|
|DP - Pedroia-Drew-Napoli|
|PB - Jarrod Saltalamacchia (1)|
|E - Alfredo Aceves (1, Throwing), Will Middlebrooks (1, Throwing)|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Alfredo Aceves (L,1-1)||3.1||7||8||7||4||3||1||8.66|
|Pitches-Strikes - Alfredo Aceves 80-48, Steven Wright 82-49|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alfredo Aceves 3-5, Steven Wright 2-4|
|Batters Faced - Alfredo Aceves 22, Steven Wright 20|
|Attendance - 29006|
|Game Time - 2:33|
|Temperature - 42|
|Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Mike Estabrook|