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Colon gets back in win column, A's beat Astros

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Bartolo Colon is getting back into the groove that made him the Athletics most dominant pitcher early in the season.

He's even got a new spot in the major league record books to prove it.

Colon allowed one run and five hits over six innings to win for the first time in more than a month, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Houston Astros 7-2 on Sunday.

In beating Houston for the fourth time this season, the 40-year-old Colon became the first pitcher in AL history to win 15 games for four teams. He did it previously with the Indians, White Sox and Angels.

"I thought I had a great outing today," said Colon, who struck out seven and walked one. "The only problem that I had was the first two guys. I was more concentrated right after that happened."

Colon (15-6) gave up a single to leadoff hitter Jonathan Villar and a run-scoring double to Jose Altuve before settling in.

It's the first time in five starts Colon has gone at least six innings. He was the Athletics' most consistent pitcher through the first half of the season until tiring over the past month.

"After the first two hitters, it looked like that got his attention in a hurry," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "Good movement, good location. A lot of good things came out of Bartolo's outing for us today."

Colon had not won since July 26, though the five-game winless streak was deceiving. He has allowed just one earned run in each of his last three starts, lowering his ERA to 2.85.

"I feel like I have more power than the last [few] outings," Colon said.

Brett Anderson pitched the final three innings for Oakland for his third save.

The A's won the final three games of the series after dropping the opener, and finished 8-2 on the homestand.

Seth Smith homered during a seven-run third inning, Brandon Moss had three hits and drove in two runs while Yoenis Cespedes added two hits and an RBI for the AL West-leading A's.

Smith hit his eighth home run of the season to cap the third when the A's did all of their scoring. The towering three-run shot to right field came off Astros emergency starter Lucas Harrell (6-16).

Harrell had been working out of the bullpen until he was pressed into duty when scheduled starter Paul Clemens was scratched about an hour before the game because of a blister on his right hand.

"When you pitch out of the bullpen, the one good thing about that is you come to the ballpark every day believing that you're going to pitch," Astros manager Bo Porter said. "I don't think the short notice had anything to do with his performance."

Porter was ejected for the second time this series when he went out to talk to pitcher Erik Bedard in the bottom of the fifth.

Home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt went out to the mound, and at some point he and Porter exchanged words. Porter remained on the field after getting tossed and continued to argue with Wendelstedt before heading to the clubhouse.

Most of the damage had been done by then.

Moss hit a two-run double off Harrell in the third, Cespedes added an RBI single and Daric Barton also knocked in a run before Smith's home run made it 7-1.

Houston scored its other run in the seventh when Brandon Barnes singled in L.J. Hoes.

Notes

Hoes was the only Astros player with multiple hits. ... Cespedes is hitting .406 (13 for 32) in September. ... Barnes has reached base in nine consecutive games for Houston. ... Altuve leads the majors with 15 hits this month.

 
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Bartolo Colon becomes the first pitcher in AL history to win 15 games for four different teams. (USATSI)
Bartolo Colon becomes the first pitcher in AL history to win 15 games for four different teams. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Oakland

B. Moss
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Houston

L. Hoes
AB 2
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jonathan Villar, SS5110024 .273
Jose Altuve, 2B4011012 .277
Trevor Crowe, LF4010021 .248
Brett Wallace, 1B3000022 .229
   a-Brandon Laird, PH-1B1000000 .194
Matt Dominguez, 3B4000012 .237
Marc Krauss, DH3010011 .180
L.J. Hoes, RF2120200 .261
Matt Pagnozzi, C4010003 .143
Brandon Barnes, CF4011013 .243
Totals34282310  
a-grounded out for Wallace in the 8th
b-walked for Krauss in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jose Altuve (25, Colon), Trevor Crowe (5, Colon)
RBI - Jose Altuve (46), Brandon Barnes (40)
SB - Trevor Crowe (5, 3rd base off Colon/Vogt)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Villar-Altuve-Wallace
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Lucas Harrell (L,6-16) 3777221 6.01
Erik Bedard 4200200 4.47
Jorge De Leon 1200010 7.36
Pitches-Strikes - Lucas Harrell 72-37, Erik Bedard 47-29, Jorge De Leon 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lucas Harrell 2-5, Erik Bedard 3-8
Batters Faced - Lucas Harrell 18, Erik Bedard 15, Jorge De Leon 5
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Coco Crisp, CF5000023 .257
Eric Sogard, 2B5110002 .264
Jed Lowrie, SS4000001 .288
Brandon Moss, RF4132010 .253
Yoenis Cespedes, LF4121002 .238
Alberto Callaspo, 3B2100202 .256
Daric Barton, 1B2121200 .245
Seth Smith, DH2113002 .241
   a-Nate Freiman, PH-DH2010001 .285
Stephen Vogt, C4110002 .255
Totals34711743  
a-grounded into a double play for Smith in the 5th
Batting
2B - Brandon Moss (15, Harrell)
HR - Seth Smith (8, Harrell)
RBI - Brandon Moss 2 (73), Yoenis Cespedes (65), Daric Barton (10), Seth Smith 3 (37)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Moss 2 (32), Yoenis Cespedes (18), Daric Barton (4), Seth Smith 3 (16)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Lowrie-Sogard-Barton, Lowrie-Sogard-Barton-Lowrie-Sogard-Barton
E - Jed Lowrie (17, Misplayed grounder)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bartolo Colon (W,15-6) 6511170 2.85
Brett Anderson (S,3) 3311230 5.95
Pitches-Strikes - Bartolo Colon 94-64, Brett Anderson 36-24
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bartolo Colon 7-4, Brett Anderson 3-2
Batters Faced - Bartolo Colon 24, Brett Anderson 13
Game Information
Attendance - 18824
Game Time - 2:37
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Al Porter, Third Base - Greg Gibson