A's Erase Early Deficit with 6-Run 3rd Inning and Tap the Rockies 8-5
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The A's came back from a four-run first inning and played long ball en route to an 8-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
The longest and largest of the four home runs the A's hit was by Brandon Moss, who hit a third-deck shot estimated at 461 feet in the third inning to give the A's the lead for good. Moss would hit two home runs, and both Brandon Inge and Cliff Pennington also went deep. Seth Smith hit a pair of doubles and drove in two RBI on the night, as well.
While Bartolo Colon was not his best, he did settle down after the first inning to keep the Rockies off the board until Todd Helton's solo homer in the fifth inning. By that time, the A's were up 7-4. Colon's line on the night was five runs allowed on nine hits, three walks and four strikeouts in five innings pitched. But it was enough to notch his sixth win of the year.
The key—along with the offensive outburst—was Oakland's bullpen. Sean Doolittle and Grant Balfour struck out four and allowed only a single hit and one walk combined in three innings. Then the A's turned to Ryan Cook to close the game. After a leadoff walk and a single to former A's utility man Marco Scutaro, Cook responded by striking out Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer, and inducing a game-ending force out from Todd Helton for his first save.
Good: Brandon Moss and Brandon Inge (tie)
Both were big during the six-run rally to take the lead in the third. Moss' first home run was a tape-measure shot with the kind of power the A's have been looking to add at first base. Inge provided insurance with a long home run of his own and also had an RBI double and a huge defensive play to save two runs in the sixth inning.
Neither will hit .300 in a season, but they are both legitimate power threats when their swings are on. Inge also provides above-average defense at a spot that had been a wasteland before his arrival
Bad: Coco Crisp
Another 0-for-4 at the plate. Collin Cowgill should be playing right now. The A's need every capable hitter they can get, and it seems clearer with each passing day that Crisp is just not going to turn it around with some burst. It is better to just cut losses now.
With the win, the A's move to 27-35 and look to build on this performance, sending Tom Milone on the bump against former A's starter Josh Outman. First pitch is scheduled for 8:40 p.m. ET.
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