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Colon worked seven strong innings to win his sixth straight decision, Reddick homered and matched a career high with four hits, and the Oakland Athletics avoided a sweep with a 10-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.
"I did feel tired during the second inning and was just trying to find a way to get through it," Colon said. "All I can say is that was the best play. I felt, `Wow' and was ready to get the next guys out."
That catch, with the bases loaded and two runs already in, helped Oakland's pitchers face the minimum 23 batters the rest of the way, with a pair of double plays erasing the lone baserunners.
"He made several good plays," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "That play probably had a lot to do with getting the momentum back and allowing Bartolo to get his second wind."
Sean Smith and Brandon Moss each homered and drove in two runs for the Athletics, who moved three games ahead of Texas in the AL West -- their largest lead since ending the 2006 season four games up. Josh Donaldson also went deep, and Yoenis Cespedes, Coco Crisp and John Jaso each drove in runs for Oakland.
"I had a feeling about it as I was running in and watching it sink," Reddick said. "I shoestringed it and was kind of lucky because the ball was moving."
Colon (9-2) allowed two runs on eight hits, did not walk a batter and struck out three to extend his home win streak to seven.
"Today could have gotten away from him early," Donaldson said. "Reddick made that nice catch and it kind of picked him up. Bartolo is a never-say-die guy anyway. You know he's going to come back and throw strikes."
Hisashi Iwakuma (7-2) lost for the first time since April 23, giving up four runs on a season high-tying eight hits. He also walked Jaso three times and struck out three. Iwakuma's streak of not allowing an earned run was stopped at 31 2-3 innings, second longest in Mariners' history to Mark Langston's 34-inning streak in 1988.
Endy Chavez had two hits and drove in two runs for the Mariners, who were looking for their first sweep of the season.
Michael Morse, Jason Bay and Mike Zunino each singled to open the second inning for Seattle. After Colon struck out Brendan Ryan, Chavez delivered a two-run single.
"That was a great play. Seager couldn't hit that ball any harder," Mariners' manager Eric Wedge said. "He hit it so hard it stayed for Reddick to get it. He's got a great arm too, so that was a tough one there."
Iwakuma allowed his first earned run since May 26 when the A's got to him in the fourth. Donaldson and Smith hit back-to-back doubles to open the inning and Reddick followed with an RBI single.
Cespedes and Moss each drove in a run in the fifth to make it 4-2.
Colon slammed the door on the Mariners after the second, retiring 11 straight before allowing Morse's single in the sixth. Colon induced a double play ball from Bay and then worked a perfect seventh.
"He didn't change a thing," Chavez said of Colon. "He kept throwing the same things, a sinker inside and a fastball outside for strikes."
Donaldson and Smith hit back-to-back home runs with one out in the seventh against Blake Beaven. Crisp later walked with the bases loaded and Jaso hit a sacrifice fly against Tom Wilhelmsen to make it 8-2.
Moss and Reddick each went deep in the ninth against Carter Capps.
|Bartolo Colon continues to defy age, winning his sixth straight decision to help the A's avoid a sweep. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Endy Chavez , CF||4||0||2||2||0||0||0||.293||.305||.367|
|Nick Franklin , 2B||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.302||.389||.492|
|Kyle Seager , 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||4||.280||.347||.451|
|Kendrys Morales , DH||4||0||0||0||0||1||6||.282||.339||.447|
|Raul Ibanez , LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.222||.263||.483|
|Michael Morse , RF||3||1||2||0||0||0||0||.259||.318||.468|
|a-Carlos Triunfel , PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.059||.111||.059|
|Jason Bay , LF||3||1||1||0||0||0||1||.222||.311||.395|
|b-Alex Liddi , PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.063||.118||.125|
|Mike Zunino , C||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.300||.364||.600|
|Brendan Ryan , SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.203||.260||.266|
|a-Struck out swinging for M Morse in the 9th.|
|b-Grounded out for J Bay in the 9th.|
|RBI - E Chavez 2 (10)|
|Hisashi Iwakuma (L,7-2)||5.0||8||4||4||3||3||0||2.06|
|Coco Crisp , CF||4||0||1||1||1||0||2||.300||.386||.500|
|John Jaso , C||1||1||1||1||3||0||0||.281||.380||.350|
|Yoenis Cespedes , DH||5||1||2||1||0||0||6||.235||.299||.475|
|Brandon Moss , 1B||5||1||2||2||0||1||4||.235||.326||.459|
|Josh Donaldson , 3B||5||2||2||1||0||1||1||.307||.372||.506|
|Seth Smith , LF||5||2||2||2||0||1||1||.268||.351||.434|
|Josh Reddick , RF||5||2||4||2||0||0||1||.211||.302||.340|
|Adam Rosales , SS||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.200||.278||.342|
|Eric Sogard , 2B||4||0||2||0||0||1||1||.267||.333||.340|
|2B - Y Cespedes (9); J Donaldson (20); S Smith (16); E Sogard (9)|
|3B - J Reddick (1)|
|HR - B Moss (12); J Donaldson (10); S Smith (6); J Reddick (3)|
|RBI - C Crisp (25); J Jaso (18); Y Cespedes (36); B Moss 2 (35); J Donaldson (43); S Smith 2 (27); J Reddick 2 (20)|
|SF - J Jaso (1)|
|S - A Rosales (4)|
|Bartolo Colon (W,9-2)||7.0||8||2||2||0||3||0||2.89|
|Attendance - 36067|
|Game Time - 2:59|
|Temperature - 65|
|Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Quinn Wolcott, Third Base - Adrian Johnson|