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Colon wins 8th straight, A's beat Cardinals 6-1

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Colon wins 8th straight, A's beat Cardinals 6-1

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Oakland Athletics' Bartolo Colon works against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning of a baseball …

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Bartolo Colon tossed eight innings of one-run ball to win his eighth straight start, powering the Oakland Athletics past the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 on Friday night.

Colon (11-2) controlled the game with an efficient fastball the way he has so many others this season, burnishing his All-Star credentials and confounding critics who question how the 40-year-old continues to dominate. He allowed six hits, struck out five and walked one. Colon is second in wins in the AL behind Max Scherzer of Detroit, who is 12-0.

The A's scored five runs in the second inning to knock Shelby Miller (8-6) out of the game and drop the Cardinals (48-31) a game behind Pittsburgh for the best record in the majors - and the NL Central lead.

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