(TOKYO) — Bartolo Colon was dominant in the Athletics’ (1-1) 4-1 win over the Mariners (1-1) on Thursday in Japan.
“I mixed my pitches well,” said Colon who had six strikeouts and only gave up one run in eight innings of work. “I tried to go inside with my two-seamer and outside with my fastball.”
His teammate Yoenis Cespedes hit a go-ahead two-run shot in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the A’s a 2-1 lead. Josh Reddick followed Cespedes with a solo shot of his own to add insurance and make it 3-1.
“They tried to throw me sliders every at-bat, so I had to adjust to hit the ball,” Cespedes said. “It was great to hit a home run here for the Japanese fans.”
The MLB and players’ association were using the trip to assist rebuilding Japan following last year’s earthquake and tsunami. Both players and coaches traveled to the disaster zone to conduct a baseball clinic on Tuesday.
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Jill Martin, CNN