OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Bartolo Colon fell behind in the count, his velocity dropped and he hardly received the kind of run support the right-hander has become accustomed to in a sensational comeback season.
And he still felt pretty good about his day, no-decision and all. The 40-year-old All-Star also seems unfazed about his ties to the Florida lab Biogenesis being accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.
Colon, a 14-game winner, allowed seven hits and two runs in six innings of Oakland's 5-2, 10-inning loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday.
“Maybe the control was not as good as before but I felt very well today,” Colon said. “Sometimes you're behind in the count and you try to make the best pitches possible and you just can't. That's what happened today.”
Colon, who was suspended 50 games last Aug. 22 for a positive testosterone test, is expected to hear soon from Major League Baseball whether he faces any further penalty.
“I don't have a good idea what you're talking about, but I understand and I don't want to talk about it,” Colon said when the topic came up postgame through an interpreter.
Jose Bautista hit a go-ahead double in the top of the 10th against Jesse Chavez (2-3). Rookie catcher Stephen Vogt's second costly passed ball of the game allowed Jose Reyes to advance after a leadoff infield single, and Reyes scored on Bautista's hit.
Colon and knuckleballer R.A. Dickey each settled for no-decisions, leaving after six innings apiece with the game tied at 2.
“It didn't look like it was Bartolo's best stuff,” manager Bob Melvin said. “For me it's not necessarily the velocity. It was more the ball-strike ratio today. But at the end of the day he gives you six innings and only gives up two runs. If that's a bad day for him, we'll take that anytime.”
A's All-Star closer Grant Balfour struck out the side in order in the ninth, but Chavez couldn't hold down the heart of Toronto's batting order.