The Oakland A’s are finally out of a funk, winning their first game since last Sunday with a 4-3 defeat of the Seattle Mariners on the road.
Jarrod Parker pitched a strong game, and had a no-hitter going into the fith. He would last 6.1 innings, giving up three runs on three hits.
The strategy to success for the A’s is pretty simple: when they hit home runs, they usually win. When they don’t, they’re in for a long game.
On this night, the A’s belted three deep flies, accounting for all but one of their runs. Josh Donaldson, Daric Barton, and Brandon Moss all cranked solo shots into the bleachers.
Donaldson’s and Barton’s blasts, along with a Jed Lowrie single, had the A’s up 3-0 while Parker cruised through the Mariners lineup for four innings. However, in the fifth, Parker gave up a two-run blast to Kelly Shoppach that not only was Seattle’s first hit, but cut the once-comfotable lead to just one.
Moss’ home run in the following frame gave the A’s some much-needed insurance, and set things up for the bullpen.
Sean Doolittle and Ryan Cook held the fort for Grant Balfour, who closed things out with a solid ninth inning, and the A’s snapped out of a five-game losing streak to get back to the .500 mark.