BOSTON — Aside from the terrible weather, things really couldn’t have gone any better for the A’s on Tuesday.
The A’s ended a four-game losing streak with 13 runs, 13 hits and seven brilliant innings by a seemingly ageless Bartolo Colon in cruising to a 13-0 win over the Boston Red Sox. The game was called after seven innings following an entire night of rain and wind.
While the A’s broke out of a hitting slump that produced 10 runs during the losing streak, the story of the night was Colon, the chunky right-hander who officially turns 40 on May 24.
“That’s the perfect guy to have on the mound in games like that,” manager Bob Melvin said after Colon gave up three singles and struck out seven in his 10th career shutout, this one raising his record to 3-0 and lowering his ERA to 2.42.
“[He’s] a guy that’s going to throw strikes, doesn’t let the conditions affect him and keeps everybody on their toes because they know potentially the ball is going to be in play very quickly and everybody’s always ready to play behind him because of that.”
Seth Smith drove in three runs, two with his second homer of the season, and Coco Crisp, John Jaso (three hits), Brandon Moss (also three) and Josh Reddick knocked in two runs apiece. Both Moss and Reddick came up with Boston. Moss has 11 RBIs in seven games against the Red Sox, and Reddick has 14 RBIs in 10 games vs. his former team.
The A’s scored six runs in a disastrous Boston third inning en route to chasing Alfredo Aceves (1-1).