Kyle Seager 's clutch hitting in the Seattle Mariners ' last series actually did Oakland a favor, as they took two of three from the AL West leaders to help the Athletics pull within one-half game of the division's top spot.
He won't be receiving any thank-yous from the A's, though, if he stays hot through this three-game set that begins Monday night in Oakland.
Seager hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning of Friday's 3-1 win at Texas and doubled home the eventual winning run with two outs in the ninth Sunday to give Seattle (57-66) a 4-3 victory.
He also homered Saturday after entering that series 0 for 17 over his previous five games."We have other hitters here, but when the game's on the line like that, it's Kyle Seager ," acting manager Robby Thompson said. "He's a great grinder and battler."
The Mariners' wins helped Oakland (70-53) gain a game on the Rangers, as the A's also took two of three from Cleveland after winning 7-3 on Sunday.
Lowrie is hitting .409 versus Seattle this season, but Oakland is just 5-8 in the series. Monday's starter Jarrod Parker hasn't helped much by going 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA in three starts against the Mariners, most recently allowing three runs in seven innings of Oakland's 6-3, 10-inning loss June 23.
Parker (8-6, 3.87 ERA), though, is coming off the longest outing of his career, as he allowed one run in 8 1-3 innings before the A's fell 2-1 to Houston in 11 on Wednesday. He has allowed two or fewer earned runs in 12 of his last 16 starts, going 6-1 with a 2.73 ERA in that stretch.
"You pitch like that and you get that deep into the game and only give up one run," manager Bob Melvin said, "you're going to win that game a lot more times than not."
Parker will be opposed by Aaron Harang , who had been struggling of late before a better outing his last time out.
After allowing seven runs in back-to-back starts, Harang (5-10, 5.77) gave up three in five innings as Seattle fell 5-4 at Tampa Bay on Wednesday.
He's 1-5 with a 6.75 ERA in eight road starts.
The right-hander made his only start in Oakland on June 19, 2012, allowing three runs and walking a career-worst eight in 3 2-3 innings of a 3-0 loss while pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers . He gave up three runs in five innings before the Mariners rallied for a 7-5 win over the A's on June 22.
Seager went 2 for 14 in the last series with the A's as Seattle took two of three from June 21-23, and he's just 4 for 28 over the last eight meetings.
|July 26, 2013||Mike Zunino||15-Day DL||Fractured left hamate bone|
|July 11, 2013||Nick Franklin||Day-to-Day||Left game - knee soreness|
|July 11, 2013||Endy Chavez||Day-to-Day||Left game - groin tightness|
|June 29, 2013||Dustin Ackley||Day-to-Day||Left game - thumb|
|June 24, 2013||Franklin Gutierrez||Day-to-Day||Hamstring|
|June 24, 2013||Franklin Gutierrez||15-Day DL||Right hamstring strain|
|August 14, 2013||Bartolo Colon||15-Day DL||Left groin strain|
|August 11, 2013||Coco Crisp||Day-to-Day||Left wrist|
|July 25, 2013||John Jaso||15-Day DL||Concussion|
|July 20, 2013||Yoenis Cespedes||Day-to-Day||Sore left wrist|
|June 29, 2013||Jarrod Parker||Day-to-Day||Left game - right hamstring cramp|
|June 20, 2013||Derek Norris||Day-to-Day||Left game - groin injury|
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- 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.