The Oakland A's, after a long skid at the end of May and the start of June, are climbing back up again.

On Wednesday at the Coliseum, Oakland won for the seventh time in eight games, getting to three games below .500 for the first time since May 26, which was during the team's season-high nine-game losing streak.

A 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday gave the A's their third consecutive series win; they've taken the first two games from the NL leaders.

Another plus for Oakland: Yoenis Cespedes was back in the lineup after being limited to one at-bat in the previous 10 games because of a left hamstring strain. The A's are 21-16 with him in the lineup and 12-20 without the rookie outfielder.

Cespedes made his first-ever start at designated hitter Wednesday as the A's tried to limit some of the stress on his legs. He went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run, giving him eight hits in his past 11 at-bats.

The A's did have one bit of less than positive news Wednesday, confirming that Bartolo Colon will go on the disabled list before Saturday due to an oblique injury. Right-hander Tyson Ross will be recalled that day to start against the Giants.