Colon Stifles A's Bats In 5-4 Loss

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PHOENIX (AP) - Bartolo Colon took a big step toward making the Chicago White Sox starting rotation Wednesday, pitching two-hit ball into the fifth inning of a 5-4 win over the Oakland Athletics.

Colon, coming back from offseason elbow surgery, struck out four in 4 1-3 innings and did not walk a batter. He threw 33 of 43 pitches for strikes.

Also for the White Sox, Jose Contreras gave up four runs - three earned - in four innings, while striking out three and walking one. Contreras is coming back from a ruptured Achilles' tendon. He originally wasn't expected back until midseason.

Brett Anderson, a contender for a spot in A's the rotation, gave up two runs in 4 1-3 innings with four strikeouts and no walks.