SEATTLE — 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.
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.