OAKLAND — 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.”