OAKLAND, Calif. – Jarrod Parker pitched his first career complete game, and Brandon Moss hit a game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth to lead the Oakland Athletics to a 2-1 victory Monday night over the Seattle Mariners.
Parker, a Norwell graduate, allowed eight hits, struck out eight, did not walk a batter and threw 100 pitches.
It hasnt really set in it just yet, Parker said. Thats something Ive been trying to build toward.
When I can get through the early innings with fewer pitches it helps go deeper into games.
Parker (9-6) improved to 7-0 over his past 15 starts, with an ERA of 2.59 over that span.
We wanted to get it done the whole game for Parker, Moss said. Hes been pitching outstanding lately. I thought we swung the bats well, a lot better than two runs.
Carter Capps (2-3) had struck out Yoenis Cespedes to open the ninth before Moss drove a 2-1 pitch over the center-field fence, in the deepest part of the park.
I was very surprised that ball went out, Moss said. Weve 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.
As manager Bob Melvin saw it differently.
Thats a strong man, he said. He gets into one and theres not a park around he cant hit it out of.
Seattle threatened in the eighth when Michael Saunders singled and reached third after Parker threw Dustin Ackleys sacrifice bunt down the right-field line.
But Parker came back to strike out Humberto Quintero and Nick Franklin around a foul-out by Brad Miller.
I wasnt 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.