Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Brandon Moss' leadoff homer in the sixth proved to be the difference, as the Oakland Athletics held off the Seattle Mariners, 4-3, on Saturday in the middle test of a three-game series at Safeco Field.
Josh Donaldson and Daric Barton each added a solo shot, while Jed Lowrie collected three hits and knocked in the other run for the A's, who snapped a five-game slide.
Jarrod Parker (2-5) allowed just three runs on three hits and four walks while striking out five over 6 1/3 innings. Grant Balfour stranded runners on first and second in the ninth to nail down his sixth save of the season.
Kelly Shoppach scorched a two-run homer and Dustin Ackley added an RBI single for Seattle, which had won two straight coming into the game.
Brandon Maurer (2-5) yielded three runs on six hits and two walks over five frames to absorb the loss.