Moss, A's pound Guthrie, Rockies
DENVER — Brandon Moss has put on quite a power display since being recalled by the Oakland Athletics.
Moss hit two home runs, Bartolo Colon settled down after a rough start to pitch effectively for five innings, and the Athletics beat the Colorado Rockies 8-5 on Tuesday night.
Since coming up from Triple-A Sacramento last Wednesday, Moss has five hits and three home runs.
On Tuesday night, he wasn't the only one displaying a power swing.
Cliff Pennington and Brandon Inge also homered for Oakland. Seth Smith, a former Rockies player, doubled twice and drove in a pair of runs to help the Athletics snap a three-game losing streak and drop the Rockies to 0-7 in interleague games this season. It was Colorado's sixth loss in a row overall, matching a season high.
Colon trailed 4-0 after a tough first inning that Tyler Colvin began with a home run, his seventh of the season and fourth in three games. Michael Cuddyer, Chris Nelson and Wil Nieves added run-scoring singles.
Ashland native Jeremy Guthrie was unable to hold the Rockies' early lead, allowing the A's to bat around in a six-run third inning. He hit Jemile Weeks with a pitch to start the inning and issued a one-out walk to Josh Reddick. Smith and Inge hit successive doubles, and Moss followed with his first homer of the game, a two-run drive that smacked into a beer sign fronting the third deck.
Pennington closed the big inning with a solo shot, driving Guthrie's first offering over the center field wall for his second homer of the season.
A frustrated Guthrie tipped his hat in a mock acknowledgment of the boos directed his way from the crowd.
"I understand where the boos come from, and like anybody else I was frustrated," Guthrie said. "It was a few unexecuted pitches. I felt really good today. Unfortunately the results weren't much different than the tougher (previous) starts."
Guthrie (3-5) allowed seven runs and eight hits in five innings. He struck out five and walked two in losing for the fourth time in five decisions.