The Oakland Athletics ' remarkable run of starting pitching - and their season high-tying winning streak - is over.
Still, another solid outing from Bartolo Colon can help the A's finish the first half at .500.
Oakland completes its three-game series with the visiting Seattle Mariners on Sunday.
With the A's looking to extend an Oakland record with an eighth consecutive starting pitcher allowing one run or fewer, rookie right-hander Jarrod Parker was charged with six runs - five earned - in 4 2-3 innings of Saturday's 7-1 loss.
Oakland (42-43) had won five in a row to return to .500 for the first time since it was 22-22 on May 22.
The A's will complete their six-game homestand with Colon (6-7, 4.05 ERA) making his second start since a stint on the disabled list with a strained oblique. The veteran right-hander went six innings in Tuesday's 3-2 win over Boston, giving up two runs - one earned.
"I feel good about myself, and I feel good about the win," Colon told the A's official website through translator Ariel Prieto . "The results were good, and I was just trying to pitch five or six innings."
In Colon's two wins against Seattle this season, he allowed one total run in 15 innings. However, the right-hander was tagged for seven runs and 10 hits in an 8-7 home loss to the Mariners on April 7.
After snapping a three-game skid Saturday, Seattle (36-50) will try to win two straight for the first time since June 16-17 with Felix Hernandez (6-5, 3.26 ERA) on the mound.
Two days after being named an All-Star, the right-hander surrendered eight hits and four runs - all in the sixth inning - in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to Baltimore.
"The whole ballgame was that inning," said Hernandez, 2-0 with a 0.78 ERA in his previous three starts.
The right-hander, whose 13 wins versus Oakland are his most against any team, will make his fourth start in this AL West matchup in 2012.
Hernandez has surrendered just one homer - a Jemile Weeks solo shot on April 7 - in 21 1-3 innings in those outings, but he'll face an Oakland team that's gone deep in 17 straight games.
The A's haven't homered in 18 in a row since July 30-Aug. 17, 1999.
Josh Reddick , who Saturday became the first A's player since Nick Swisher in 2006 to hit 20 home runs before the All-Star break, is batting .438 (7 for 16) in Seattle's four games in Oakland this season."He belongs and I think he believes that he is one of the elite right fielders in the league," A's manager Bob Melvin said.
Reddick is 2 for 9 against Hernandez in 2012 and 3 for 15 in his career.
Ichiro Suzuki , who snapped a career-worst 0-for-23 skid Saturday, has 21 more at-bats that any other hitter who's faced Colon. Suzuki is 24 for 79 in that matchup.
Suzuki, who started a game out of the No. 2 hole for the first time in his career Saturday, will again bat behind Dustin Ackley in the series finale."It's one helluva frustrating process to sit down and put a lineup together right now because people aren't doing their job," manager Eric Wedge said. "After a while, you've got to get tired of getting your teeth kicked in."
These divisional rivals will play just six times in the second half.
|July 01, 2012||Erasmo Ramirez||15-Day DL||Right elbow flexor strain|
|June 30, 2012||Erasmo Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Left game - leg injury|
|June 29, 2012||Franklin Gutierrez||Day-to-Day||Left Game-Head Injury|
|June 29, 2012||Franklin Gutierrez||7-Day DL||Concussion|
|June 27, 2012||Kevin Millwood||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained right groin|
|June 13, 2012||Stephen Pryor||15-Day DL||Strained left groin|
|June 23, 2012||Collin Cowgill||15-Day DL||Sprained left ankle|
|June 20, 2012||Brandon McCarthy||15-Day DL||Strained right shoulder|
|June 18, 2012||Bartolo Colon||15-Day DL||Strained right oblique|
|June 18, 2012||Bartolo Colon||15-Day DL||Strained right oblique|
|June 13, 2012||Yoenis Cespedes||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained left hamstring|
|June 06, 2012||Andrew Carignan||60-Day DL||Right elbow surgery - out for season|
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Josh Reddick provided a fitting ending to a promising first half of the season for the Oakland Athletics .
Reddick capped a remarkable first half by hitting a game-ending RBI double in the 13th inning to send the A's into the All-Star break with a .500 record by beating the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.
"It feels great," Reddick said. "This team has struggled right around the .500 mark and we seem to just fall off every time we get close. For us to go in halfway through this thing at .500 is huge."
Reddick has been a big reason why. Reddick came over last December from Boston in a little-noticed acquisition but has been a big part of Oakland's surprising success so far with 20 home runs and other clutch hits like his game-winner Sunday.
Jemile Weeks led off the 13th with a single off Oliver Perez (0-2) and then raced around the bases to score on Reddick's drive to left-center field that gave the A's their major league-leading eighth walk-off win of the season and second this series.
"He's come up big in big situations," Weeks said. "He's provided power, maybe even more than people expected. He's definitely doing his job and then some."
Jordan Norberto (2-1) pitched a scoreless 13th for the win. He worked around a two-out double to Michael Saunders on a fly ball to right center that Coco Crisp and Brandon Moss lost in the sun and a flock of seagulls that hovered over the field in the extra innings.
"You could see them," manager Bob Melvin said. "It was like the movie `The Birds."'
Oakland's Bartolo Colon was sharp in his second start back from a strained right oblique injury, allowing one run and seven hits in 8 2-3 innings. He struck out five, walked none and was extremely efficient, throwing just 93 pitches before being replaced after Justin Smoak 's double put runners on second and third.
All-Star Ryan Cook struck out Miguel Olivo to end the threat and make sure Colon's strong outing didn't go to waste. It's that type of performance that could make Colon a potential trade target for a contender needing a proven starter before the July 31 deadline.
The A's (43-43) are much closer to contention than almost anyone thought they would be at the break, trailing Baltimore by just 2 1/2 games for the second AL wild-card spot. Oakland reached the All-Star break without a losing record for the first time since 2008.
Felix Hernandez allowed an RBI infield single to Yoenis Cespedes in the first inning and nothing else in 7 2-3 innings. Hernandez, who is headed to the All-Star game in Kansas City, has once again been one of the few bright spots for the Mariners (36-51).
Seattle has lost nine of 14 and goes into the break with a losing record for a third straight season as the hitters once again struggled to generate any offense.
"That's the No. 1 area where we've got to get a lot better and we have to damn sure be more consistent," manager Eric Wedge said. "They have to be ready to come back and be a better ballclub in the second half and be a more balanced ballclub."
Colon allowed a leadoff single to Dustin Ackley to open the game and then retired the next 17 batters he faced, throwing 16 straight strikes at one point. But with two outs in the sixth, Ackley singled again to start a rally. Ichiro Suzuki , who broke a career-worst 0-for-23 slump on Saturday night, then blooped a ball that landed just fair down the left-field line for a single.
Saunders lined the next pitch to right field for an RBI single that tied the game at 1. But that is all the Mariners got, leaving Hernandez with a no-decision
"I believe in this team," Hernandez said. "I believe in these guys. We're going to be better. It cannot happen all the time so we're going to be better."
Cespedes left the game after the third inning with a sprained left thumb he injured on a stolen base in the first inning. Melvin hopes Cespedes will be ready when the second half begins Friday in Minnesota.
NOTES: The last time the A's played a game of at least 13 innings without issuing a walk was Aug. 6, 1927, against the St. Louis Browns. ... Seattle reliever Charlie Furbish threw a wild pitch while issuing an intentional walk to Josh Reddick in the 10th. ... Nine former members of the Oakland Oaks of the Pacific Coast League were on hand for the turn back the clock game with the Mariners wearing uniforms of the 1955 Seattle Rainiers and the A's dressed as the Oaks. ... Athletics LHP Brett Anderson (elbow) threw a bullpen session before the game and will next throw a simulated game in Arizona on Wednesday. ... Oakland OF Colin Cowgill (sprained left ankle) ran the bases before the game and is set to begin a rehab assignment at Class-A Stockton on Monday.