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A's bats awaken, Bartolo Colon solid again

  • Oakland Athletics baserunner Stephen Vogt (right) is congratulated by third base coach Mike Gallego after Vogt hit a two-run home run during the sixth inning of the baseball game against the Anaheim Angels, Friday July 26, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach)

OAKLAND — Bartolo Colon never envisioned this, a share of the major league lead in wins two months past his 40th birthday and going on a year since he received a 50-game suspension for a positive testosterone test.

Colon won his 14th game, backed by Jed Lowrie's homer and two-run single and a two-run drive by Stephen Vogt in the Oakland Athletics' 6-4 victory against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.

"I wouldn't have thought this," Colon said. "I have surprised myself right now because I didn't know I was going to share the lead with the other pitchers. I am proud."

Colon, an All-Star, won his third straight decision while facing his former club. The right-hander earned the 2005 AL Cy Young Award with a 21-8 year for the Angels.

Mike Trout hit a two-run homer in the first on a ball he crushed into the elevated seats in left-center, then Colon settled in nicely against Los Angeles' loaded lineup.


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