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Colon’s arm keeps A’s in control

– With the way Bartolo Colon was dominating on the mound, all the Oakland Athletics needed was the early run they scored off Yu Darvish.

Now they just about have a stranglehold on the AL West after beating the Texas Rangers twice in less than 24 hours.

Colon scattered seven hits over eight scoreless innings and the division-leading A’s won 1-0 Saturday, stretching their division lead over Texas to 5 1/2 games with two weeks left in the regular season.

“I don’t think it’s much difference because last year we wanted to win every game, and right now we feel like we want to win every game still,” said Josh Donaldson.

Colon (16-6) struck out seven and lowered his career-best ERA to 2.73.

INDIANS 8, WHITE SOX 1: In Chicago, Ubaldo Jimenez pitched 8 1/3 strong innings and Asdrubal Cabrera and Lonnie Chisenhall homered to lead Cleveland to a win that helped the Indians keep pace in the Al wild-card race.

BLUE JAYS 4, ORIOLES 3: In Toronto, Colby Rasmus hit a two-run home run, Jeremy Jefress won for the first time in more than two years and Toronto handed the slumping Orioles their fifth loss in seven games.

RED SOX 5, YANKEES 1: In Boston, Jon Lester pitched eight dominant innings, and AL East-leading Boston dealt New York’s wild-card hopes another blow.


PIRATES 2, CUBS 1: In Pittsburgh, Gerrit Cole pitched seven strong innings and got home run help from Marlon Byrd and Jose Tabata to lead Pittsburgh.

Cole (8-7) gave up one run and five hits. The rookie struck out seven and walked three.

BRAVES 2, PADRES 1: In Atlanta, Kris Medlen gave up four hits over 7 1/3 scoreless innings to win his fourth straight start, leading Atlanta.

PHILLIES 5 NATIONALS 4: In Washington, Carlos Ruiz had two doubles and three RBI, John Mayberry homered as Philadelphia held on for the win.

MARLINS 3-1, METS 0-3: In New York, Donovan Solano got some payback after he was hit by two pitches, launching a home run and making two terrific defensive plays that sent Miami to the win in the opener. Daisuke Matsuzaka gave up two hits in seven innings for his first major league win in more than a year as New York got a doubleheader split.


MARINERS 4, CARDINALS 1: In St. Louis, rookie James Paxton gave up two hits in six shutout innings as Seattle ended a five-game losing streak.