The Oakland Athletics lost sole possession of the AL West lead last week after one of Bartolo Colon's worst outings.
Now sitting in second place, the A's will try to regain the advantage with a series at home against a woeful Houston Astros team they've dominated. A healthier Colon might have a good chance to help Tuesday night, given his recent performances against them.
The A's had a six-game lead in the division July 29 but frittered away the last of that edge with a 6-5 loss in Cincinnati on Wednesday. Colon (14-4, 2.75 ERA) gave up five runs - the most he's allowed since May - and seven hits with three walks in a season-low 2 2-3 innings.
Colon was 3-0 with a 1.57 ERA in his previous five outings. He said after the game, in which he threw only 37 of his 67 pitches for strikes, that he had been dealing with a stomach virus.
"It is no excuse," he said through interpreter Ariel Prieto. "I wasn't throwing strikes like I did before the All-Star game."
Oakland (67-50) kept its d...