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Bartolo Colon masterful for A's in 6-0 win over Angels

  • Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon in a baseball game between the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, July 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

ANAHEIM — For Bartolo Colon, life not only has begun again at 40, it's even sweeter this time around.

Colon pitched a four-hitter for his third shutout this season and center fielder Chris Young robbed Albert Pujols of a home run to help the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-0 on Sunday.

"I've been trying to explain it all year and I can't," A's manager Bob Melvin said when asked how Colon is still able to pitch at such a high level in his 16th big league season.

"He's a competitor. He loves to play the game and he loves pitching. He's always in a great mood, and he's in an even better mood on the day he's pitching — which you very rarely see with starting pitchers. He's just pitching with a lot of confidence, and we have a lot of confidence when he's on the mound."

Eric Sogard hit a two-run homer to back Colon (13-3), who struck out five and walked one. The right-hander, making his first start since returning from his third All-Star game, tied Max Scherzer and Adam Wainwright for the major league lead in wins while reducing his ERA to 2.52.


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