What a difference a day (and night) makes.
Backed by another sparkling performance by Bartolo Colon, the Oakland A's hit four home runs and thumped the Los Angeles Angels 10-4 to move back into a playoff spot in the AL wild-card race. Colon only allowed an unearned run as he shut down the potent Angels offense over seven innings to move to 9-8 on the year. In contrast to Colon, C.J. Wilson was errant, allowing six runs (three earned) on nine hits and five walks in just five innings pitched.
Oakland's onslaught began when Jonny Gomes lined his 12th home run just over the left field wall to put the A's up 1-0 in the first inning. They would get a little help from the Angels in putting up four runs in the third. After singles by Yoenis Cespedes and Chris Carter and a walk by Brandon Inge, Derek Norris had his second at-bat with the bases loaded. He would hit a ground ball that third baseman Alberto Callaspo misplayed into a two-run error, making it 3-0. However, the A's would deliver with runners in scoring position as Adam Rosales hit a sacrifice fly and then Jemile Weeks tripled home Norris to make it 5-0.
Gomes added an RBI infield single in the fifth to make it 6-0. By that point, Colon was in cruise control, at one point retiring 11 straight Angel hitters. The A's busted it completely open with back-to-back home runs in the sixth from Norris and Rosales to make it 8-0. Colon exited after allowing his only run on a Maicer Izturis single in the seventh, but Josh Reddick got the run right back with his 25th home run of the year.
Travis Blackley struggled in mop-up duty, allowing home runs to Mike Trout and Erick Aybar to make the score 10-4. Between the two home runs however, Coco Crisp made one of the catches of the year for Oakland, climbing over the center field wall to rob Kendrys Morales of a home run to lead off the ninth.
With the win, the A's moved to 59-51 and retake a half-game lead over the Angels in the standings. The finale of the series looks to be intriguing as phenom Dan Straily makes his second start for the A's against the newly acquired Zack Greinke for the Angels. The Wednesday matinee is set to begin at 12:35 p.m. PT.
Notes: With the unearned run allowed, Bartolo Colon's scoreless streak ended at a career best 23.1 innings. Adam Rosales' home run was his first since June 25, 2011. Every A's starter notched a hit including two for Cespedes, who is hitting .308 on the year.