Trying to win three straight starts for the first time in over a year, the 39-year-old right-hander looks to help the A's avoid a fourth consecutive loss Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Angels .
Colon (8-8, 3.55 ERA) has not allowed a run over his last 16 1-3 innings after going eight during a 4-1 home win over Toronto on Thursday. He last yielded a run in the fourth inning of a 5-4, 12-inning victory over the New York Yankees on July 22.
"He's given us a bunch of quality starts," teammate Josh Reddick told the Athletics' official website. "You know he's going to throw strikes and put the ball in play."
Colon, who won 39 games over the first two of a four-year stint with the Angels from 2004-07 and was the AL Cy Young Award winner in '05, is 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA against them this season.
He'll take the mound trying to help Oakland (58-51) get back on track after it lost for the sixth time in nine games Monday. The 4-0 win for Los Angeles (59-51) dropped the A's one-half game behind the Angels for the second wild-card spot.
Batting an AL-leading .348, Mike Trout added two hits as Los Angeles improved to 4-4 on a 10-game trip. Trout, who leads the majors with 36 steals, stole three to increase his club record to 27 straight stolen bases without being caught.
"He wreaks havoc out there," losing pitcher Jarrod Parker said.
Scheduled Angels starter C.J. Wilson (9-7, 3.27) is 0-3 with a 5.36 ERA in seven starts since winning at Baltimore on June 26, but he's 2-1 with a 1.67 ERA in four starts at Oakland. The left-hander allowed one hit and struck out seven over eight innings of a 5-0 victory there May 22 to improve to 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA against the A's in 2012.
Wilson, however, has yielded 15 runs and walked eight over 11 1-3 innings of his last two road starts. He gave up eight of those runs in 5 1-3 innings while not factoring in the decision of a 15-9 loss at Texas on Thursday.
Though Wilson leads the Angels with 122 strikeouts, manager Mike Scioscia and pitching coach Mike Butcher would like to see the veteran find a way to extend his outings by doing a better job of managing hitters.
"(It's) just trying to really get him a little more efficient with his pitches," Butcher told the Angels' official website. "I think when he does that, he'll get himself deeper into ballgames. His stuff speaks for itself."
Brandon Inge , whose only hit in nine at-bats versus Wilson left the park, had two of Oakland's four hits Monday.
It's uncertain if rookie Yoenis Cespedes will be back in the lineup after sitting for the second time in three games Monday with a sprained right wrist. The A's are 46-29 when Cespedes - batting .306 with 14 homers and 56 RBIs - starts and 12-22 when he does not.
|Los Angeles Angels|
|July 30, 2012||Mark Trumbo||Day-to-Day||Back spasms|
|July 30, 2012||Dan Haren||Day-to-Day||Back stiffness|
|July 29, 2012||Mike Trout||Day-to-Day||Left knee contusion|
|July 28, 2012||Scott Downs||15-Day DL||Left shoulder strain|
|July 22, 2012||Erick Aybar||15-Day DL||Fractured big right toe|
|July 22, 2012||Erick Aybar||15-Day DL||Fractured big right toe|
|August 05, 2012||A.J. Griffin||15-Day DL||Strained right shoulder|
|August 04, 2012||A.J. Griffin||Day-to-Day||Sore right shoulder|
|August 03, 2012||Seth Smith||15-Day DL||Left hamstring strain|
|August 03, 2012||Yoenis Cespedes||Day-to-Day||Left game - sprained right wrist|
|July 28, 2012||Coco Crisp||Day-to-Day||Left game - Left hamstring tightness|
|July 20, 2012||Cliff Pennington||15-Day DL||Left elbow tendinitis|
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Bartolo Colon enjoys playing baseball so much he's like a little kid when it's his turn to pitch.
"Most guys get a little surly and you can't talk to them on days they pitch," Athletics manager Bob Melvin said after watching Colon take a shutout into the seventh inning of Oakland's 10-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night. "Not Bartolo. He enjoys pitch days and his attitude has rubbed off on the younger pitchers."
Four players hit home runs in support of Colon, who extended his scoreless streak to a career-high 22 1-3 innings as the A's snapped a three-game losing streak and moved a half-game ahead of the Angels into second place in the AL West.
Jonny Gomes , Derek Norris , Adam Rosales and Josh Reddick hit home runs and accounted for eight RBIs for the A's. Jemile Weeks also drove in a run.
Colon (9-8) allowed four hits over seven innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out five.
"When I got back in here somebody told me I had a new record," Colon said. "I was more concerned with throwing strikes because it makes things a little easier."
Erick Aybar hit a two-run homer, Mike Trout hit a home run and Maicer Izturis drove in a run for the Angels, who lost for the fifth time in seven games.
C.J. Wilson (9-8) gave up six runs - three earned - and nine hits in five innings. He walked five and struck out four.
"It took C.J. a lot of work to get through the five innings," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "The miscue didn't help at third base but still, his ball-strike ratio and his ability to repeat pitches just wasn't consistent."
Trout became the fifth major leaguer to hit a home run on his 21st birthday, joining Ted Williams , Frank Robinson , Alex Rodriguez and Jason Heyward . He is the youngest ever to produce a 20-homer, 30-stolen base season.
"Right now it means nothing," Trout said. "That's the kind of stuff that pops up at the end of the season."
Gomes set the tone early, hitting his 12th home run, a solo shot with one out in the first.
"It just shows you the resiliency of this team," Gomes said. "Weaver has to be the leading candidate for the Cy Young Award and all you can do against him is try not to ruin your swing for the next game. Nine innings is plenty to not score runs and it was nice to pile some up."
The A's parlayed a fielding error by third baseman Alberto Callaspo into four runs - one earned - in the third. Norris, Rosales and Weeks all drove in runs.
Gomes added an RBI single in the fifth and back-to-back home runs by Norris, a two-run shot, and Rosales in the sixth made it 9-0.
Izturis singled home a run, unearned as a result of second baseman Weeks' throwing error, in the seventh to end Colon's scoreless streak.
Reddick added his team-high 25th home run in the seventh to make it 10-1.
"For whatever reason we seemed rejuvenated," Melvin said. "I thought we looked a little bit tired the past few games. That was a nice offensive effort against a guy who has been tough on us."
Notes: A's IF Cliff Pennington (left elbow tendinitis) was activated from the DL and RHP Pedro Figueroa was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento. ... Angels OF Torii Hunter has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games. ... RHP Zack Greinke (0-1, 5.14) makes the start for the Angels on Wednesday. Greinke is 2-0 in seven games in Oakland. ... RHP Dan Straily (0-0, 1.50) makes the start, the second of his career, for the A's. ... Wilson had not allowed a home run in his first 17 appearances (four starts) in Oakland. ... The Angels' bullpen has allowed 27 runs in 24 1-3 innings through nine games of the road trip.