Braves starter Mike Minor and A’s starter Bartolo Colon both allowed only one run Wednesday, but only the A’s won – catching the Braves with a major-league-best 12 wins. The Braves 1-4 rotation has not allowed more than one earned run in 11 consecutive starts, but they fell 2-0 to the Kansas City Royals.
For six innings Colon shut down the hapless Houston Astros, who are 4-11 and have a payroll less than three individual major league players. However, Colon watched the last three innings nervously as the A’s almost blew a big lead before surviving 7-4.
The A’s improved to 12-4, but half of their wins have been against the Astros. The Braves still have the best record in baseball with a 12-2 mark.