The Oakland Athletics visited the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night to kick off a three-game interleague series. It appears as though Coors Field might be the cure to Oakland's recent woes, as the offense came alive in an 8-5 win.
The Rockies jumped out to a huge early lead, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Tyler Colvin led off the inning with a home run and the Rockies sent their full lineup to the plate, recording RBI singles from Michael Cuddyer, Chris Nelson and Wil Nieves.
The A's, however, answered back with a big inning of their own in the top of the third, hanging six runs on the home team thanks to RBI doubles by Seth Smith and Brandon Inge and home runs by Brandon Moss and Cliff Pennington. Oakland tacked on another run in the top of the fifth with Moss' second homer of the game. Todd Helton hit a solo shot of his own in the bottom of the frame to make it 7-5.
In the top of the seventh, Inge hit his seventh home run of the season for the eighth Oakland run of the game. The Rockies put two on with no outs in the bottom of the ninth for the heart of their order, but Ryan Cook struck out Carlos Gonzalez and Cuddyer swinging and got Helton to ground out to end the game and ensure the Oakland victory.
Bartolo Colon gave up five runs in five innings of work but managed to pick up the win to improve his record to 6-6.