OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Josh Reddick hit a two-run homer to back another strong outing by Bartolo Colon, and the Oakland Athletics beat the slumping Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 on Thursday night.

Brandon Inge and Seth Smith also drove in runs for the A’s, who improved to 14-5 since the All-Star break.

Oakland, held to no more than one run in three of its previous four games, moved past Los Angeles into second place in the AL West. The A’s are 4½ games behind Texas.

Colon (8-8) scattered seven hits over eight shutout innings, extending his scoreless streak to 16 1-3 innings. The 39-year-old right-hander has not allowed a run since the fourth inning against the New York Yankees on July 22.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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