Moss, Morris carry A’s past Mariners

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Updated: September 28, 2013

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Brandon Moss hit a three-run homer and Derek
Norris added a two-run shot and three RBI to lead the Oakland Athletics to an
8-2 rout of the Seattle Mariners.

Josh Donaldson and Daric Barton also drove in one run apiece for the
Athletics, who are two games behind the Boston Red Sox for the top spot in
American League.

Bartolo Colon (18-6) allowed a pair of solo home runs and struck out eight
over six innings to pick up the win.

Franklin Gutierrez and Kendrys Morales each clubbed solo homers for the
Mariners.

Felix Hernandez (12-10) gave up Moss’ three-run homer among five hits over six
innings to absorb his fifth loss in as many decisions. He fanned six and
walked just one in the setback.

Moss crushed his three-run homer in the first inning. Coco Crisp led off with
a double and Jed Lowrie singled to set the table for Moss, who clobbered his
29th homer of the season over the wall in right.

Gutierrez slugged his solo shot in the home half to make it a two-run game
before Morales cracked his solo shot in the sixth to pull the Mariners within
3-2.

It was all Oakland from there, however, as the A’s plated three in the seventh
and two in the eighth to make it 8-2.

After Josh Reddick walked, Norris hammered a two-run, pinch-hit homer to left
field. Donaldson added an RBI groundout later in the frame.

In the eighth, Chris Young walked, stole second then scored on Norris’ double
to left. Barton followed with an RBI single to left to make it a six-run game.

Game Notes

Oakland leads the Detroit Tigers by two games for the second seed in the AL
playoffs … The A’s were 4-for-10 with runners ins coring position … Young
has nine stolen bases this season … Seattle was 0-for-3 with RISP …
Hernandez hasn’t won since Aug. 11.