Bartolo Colon is working harder this year — and it shows.
Colon won his fourth straight start and Brandon Moss hit a three-run homer in the A's 6-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.
“I'm working more than last year; I'm still fat, but that don't mean nothing,” Colon said through an interpreter. “I'm working harder than last year.”
Colon (7-2) gave up one earned run and eight hits in seven innings to help Oakland win for the 16th time in its last 19 games. He struck out four and walked two.
“He's been terrific,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “Today presents some different challenges in that he has to hit, and that's always a little bit of a distraction. The last thing you want is him running down the line. So it feels like it takes a little more out of you when you have to go through the National League game when you're not used to it. But he continues to go out there and be economical. I could've potentially let him go out there one more inning, but he pitched nine innings last time and gave us a solid seven this time. He's on a nice roll.”
Colon is among more than a dozen players who have been tied to a now-closed Miami anti-aging clinic under investigation by Major League Baseball. The right-hander missed the end of last season when he was suspended 50 games after testing positive for synthetic testosterone.
Colon said he was unaware of the report until a reporter brought it up after the game because “I don't like to see the news.” He also declined to comment on a possible suspension.
Milwaukee left fielder Ryan Braun, who has also been linked to the clinic, did not play because of a lingering thumb problem. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said it had nothing to do with the latest suspension rumors.
“I understand why you want to bring this up, but this isn't an issue here,” Roenicke said. “And I know it is your job to do that, but it really isn't an issue. That is why I don't need to address it. Because there is nothing to it.”
Yovani Gallardo (4-6) allowed six hits and five earned runs in six innings to lose for the fifth time in his last six starts.
The A's broke a 1-1 tie with five runs in the seventh to win for the eighth time in their last 11 road games.
A's vs. White Sox
WHEN: Today, 5:10 p.m.
WHERE: U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago
TV: CSN California
RADIO: KGMZ (95.7 FM)