OAKLAND -- Bartolo Colon served a 50-game suspension for PED use last year.
He's making up for lost time.
The A's right-hander threw a shutout at the Chicago White Sox to open a three-game series Friday night in a game that lasted just two hours, 14 minutes. Colon gave up five hits, struck out three, did not walk a batter in his 106 pitches (77 strikes) and is now 6-2 on the season.
It was his first nine-inning shutout since May 30, 2011.
Colon, who turned 40 on May 24, is the second-oldest pitcher in Oakland history to throw a shutout, behind Don Sutton, who was 40 years and 85 days, alo against the White Sox, on June 26, 1985. Colon is also the first American League pitcher with a shutout after 40 since Curt Schilling did it on June 7, 2007.
And Josh Reddick, in his first game off the disabled list, had the game-winning RBI.
Starting pitching report
Colon, who signed his first professional contract with Cleveland when White Sox starter Dylan Axelrod was seven years old, was locked in a pitcher's duel with his fellow right-hander. Consider: through seven scoreless innings, Colon had thrown 86 pitches and given up four hits with two strikeouts while Axelrod had surrendered but two hits in 90 pitches with seven Ks. Neither pitcher had walked a batter. And while the A's finally got to Axelrod in the eighth, Colon handled his own business.
No one even warmed up during Colon's shutout. So there.
At the plate
Limited to just two hits through seven innings, the A's chased Axelrod with back-to-back doubles to open the eighth.
John Jaso went opposite field with his liner into the left-center gap and his double made him the first player all night to reach second base.
Two pitches later, Josh Reddick sat an on off-speed pitch and turned on it, sending it into the right-field corner and Jaso came around to score for the 1-0 lead.
After Brandon Moss walked, pinch-hitter Adam Rosales sacrificed Reddick and Moss to third and second, respectively. Coco Crisp then singled up the middle to score both runners and give the A's the 3-0 lead.
In the field
Eric Sogard and Jed Lowrie combined to turn a nifty 4-6-3 inning-ending double play in the seventh, Sogard diving to his right to snare Conor Gillaspie's shot up the middle before flipping to Lowrie in one motion covering the bag to force out Paul Konerko. Lowrie then fired to first to get Gillaspie by a step.
And just for good measure, Chicago right-fielder Alex Rios robbed Lowrie of extra bases when he arrived at the right-field wall at the same time as Lowrie's shot to haul in the ball for an out. A foot or two higher, and Lowrie would have had a home run.
And to lead off the eighth, Josh Reddick ran down Dayan Viciedo's slicing liner toward the right-field line, the ball nestling in his glove in stride.
The A's announced a crowd of 16,416.
Dan Straily (3-2, 5.08 ERA) will be facing the Chicago White Sox for the first time in his career. The rookie right-hander has been sharp in his last two starts, going 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA over 13 innings while allowing Texas and Giants hitters to bat just .136 against him in those outings.
The White Sox will throw lefty Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.75)at the A's. He has never faced the A's before.