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A's Moss hits walk-off HR in ninth to sink Mariners

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Brandon Moss was a little worried the ball he hit would stay in the park. He's hit balls like that before that have fallen short in the outfield.

Not this night, a calm, balmy night for the Bay Area.

Moss hit a solo home run over the center-field fence with one out in the ninth inning, lifting the Oakland Athletics over the Seattle Mariners 2-1 on Monday night.

"I was very surprised that ball went out," Moss said. "We've hit a lot of balls at night that would have been out of here last year but stayed in the park. So, yeah, I was worried when I hit it."

A's manager Bob Melvin saw it differently.

"That's a strong man," he said. "He gets into one and there's not a park around he can't hit it out of."

Jarrod Parker (9-6) pitched his first career complete game, allowing eight hits. He struck out eight, did not walk a batter and threw 100 pitches.

"It hasn't really set in it just yet," Parker said. "That's something I've been trying to build toward. When I can get through the early innings with fewer pitches it helps go deeper into games."

Parker improved to 7-0 over his last 15 starts, with an ERA of 2.59 over that span.

"We wanted to get it done the whole game for Parker," Moss said. "He's been pitching outstanding lately. I thought we swung the bats well, a lot better than two runs."

Josh Donaldson drove in a run for the A's, who have won four of five.

Kendrys Morales drove in a run for the Mariners, who have lost four of six.

Carter Capps (2-3) struck out Yoenis Cespedes to open the ninth before Moss drove a 2-1 pitch to the deepest part of the park.

"I watched it about four or five times already and felt like I executed the pitch pretty good," Capps said. "I was trying to throw a strike low and away, and I did. He just got to it."

Mariners starter Aaron Harang gave up a run on five hits over seven innings. He walked one and struck out three.

The A's took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Josh Reddick and Cespedes singled to open the inning and Donaldson had an RBI grounder.

Morales singled home a run in the seventh to tie it. He then cost the Mariners a chance to take the lead when jogged into third standing up on Justin Smoak's sharp single to right field and was thrown out by Reddick. It was Reddick's 16th assist.

"I didn't realize it. I didn't know he was going to have a chance to throw to third," Morales said. "I was surprised about it. My main thing was thinking just to get to third."

Mariners interim manager Robby Thompson said third base coach Darren Brown was telling him to slide.

"Obviously he should have been sliding," Thompson said. "I think he assumed that maybe Reddick was going to come up and throw the ball to second base. A mistake on his part. That's one guy you don't want to challenge, especially if you're kind of a below-average runner."

In the eighth, Michael Saunders singled and reached third when Parker threw Dustin Ackley's sacrifice bunt down the right-field line. Parker came back to strike out Humberto Quintero and Nick Franklin around a foul out by Brad Miller.

"I wasn't trying to throw the ball away," Parker said. "Instead of getting frustrated, I channeled the energy into making good pitches. That was kind of what I was thinking right there."

Notes

Harang made his major league debut in Oakland over 11 years ago. Thompson played in his first World Series game in Oakland in 1989. "It's always special coming back to the Bay Area, especially staying over in San Francisco and walking around," Thompson said. "It brings back a lot of memories, no doubt. I spent a lot of time here. Had some good years here." A's manager Bob Melvin and Thompson were teammates in San Francisco. ... Seattle manager Eric Wedge is coming back from a mild stroke, and is expected to be in uniform on Friday in Seattle. ... Mariners OF Michael Morse missed his second straight game with a sore wrist. ... A's OF Coco Crisp was back in the lineup five days after getting a cortisone shot for his sore left wrist. ... A's LHP Brett Anderson will make his next rehab appearance on Thursday in Class A Stockton.

 
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Brandon Moss ends the game with a swing. The Athletics' slugger goes deep with one out in the bottom of the ninth. (USATSI)
Brandon Moss ends the game with a swing. The Athletics' slugger goes deep with one out in the bottom of the ninth. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Oakland

J. Parker
IP 9.0
H 8
ER 1
BB 0
K 8
Seattle

A. Harang
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 1
K 3
 
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brad Miller, SS4010013 .249
Nick Franklin, 2B4110022 .236
Kyle Seager, 3B4000021 .282
Kendrys Morales, DH4021000 .290
Raul Ibanez, LF4010002 .251
Justin Smoak, 1B4010012 .269
Michael Saunders, RF3020000 .235
Dustin Ackley, CF2000010 .237
Humberto Quintero, C3000013 .255
Totals3218108  
Batting
SH - Dustin Ackley (3)
RBI - Kendrys Morales (66)
CS - Brad Miller (1, 2nd base by Parker/Vogt)
Team LOB - 5
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Aaron Harang 7511130 5.49
Charlie Furbush 1000020 3.24
Carter Capps (L,2-3) 0.1111011 6.07
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 97-63, Charlie Furbush 14-11, Carter Capps 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 4-14
Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 27, Charlie Furbush 3, Carter Capps 2
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Coco Crisp, CF4000001 .246
Jed Lowrie, SS4010011 .283
Josh Reddick, RF4110031 .218
Yoenis Cespedes, LF4010010 .229
Brandon Moss, 1B4121001 .241
Josh Donaldson, 3B3001001 .296
Alberto Callaspo, DH2000101 .251
Stephen Vogt, C3000012 .234
Eric Sogard, 2B3010000 .265
Totals3126216  
Batting
2B - Jed Lowrie (33, Harang)
HR - Brandon Moss (19, Capps)
RBI - Brandon Moss (55), Josh Donaldson (69)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Josh Reddick 1
DP - Sogard-Lowrie-Moss
E - Jarrod Parker (4, Throwing), Josh Reddick (5, Misplayed grounder)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jarrod Parker (W,9-6) 9811080 3.71
Pitches-Strikes - Jarrod Parker 100-68
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarrod Parker 9-8
Batters Faced - Jarrod Parker 33
Game Information
Attendance - 11112
Game Time - 2:19
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg