Maybe the ERA will go the way of the dodo someday, just like pitcher wins.
Matt Moore and rookie Daniel Gossett, who faced one another in the third game of the Bay Bridge series Wednesday night, both carried 5.74 ERAs to the hill. They could not have looked more different in the A’s 6-1 victory at AT&T Park.
Moore allowed four runs in five innings, including a two-run homer by Ryon Healy. Gossett made his 10th big-league start his best, holding the Giants to three hits and a run in seven innings.
Gossett won for the second time in three starts. Moore is winless since June 20.
The A’s have taken two of three in the annual home-and-home between the Bay Area teams with one game to go Thursday night at AT&T Park.
Moore returned to the mound after what had been a good start against the Dodgers that he’d ruined by walking the leadoff hitter in the seventh inning of a game the Giants led 4-2.
After a promising opening against Oakland, a 1-2-3 first inning, Moore lost the strike zone in the second to help the A’s take a 2-0 lead. Also key was Denard Span’s inability to catch a Matt Chapman double over his head.
After a Healy single and a walk to Chad Pinder, Chapman hit that RBI double that Span could have caught. Pinder later scored on a double-play ball.
Moore seemed to right himself in the third, until he walked Jed Lowrie and Healy homered for a 4-0 A’s lead, his 20th and first since June 28, 86 at-bats ago. Moore teed one up, a 92-mph, belt-high fastball.
With Jarrett Parker set to come off the disabled list Thursday and the Giants going nowhere, manager Bruce Bochy plans to rotate his outfielders.
That could mean less time in center for Span, whose defense has deteriorated. Parker played some center at Triple-A this year. Bochy also has praised Gorkys Hernandez’s offensive improvement.
Hernandez showed off his defense in Oakland on Tuesday night with a long run and backhand catch of a Jaycob Brugman drive to the center-field wall.
The staff’s original thinking might have included less playing time for Hunter Pence, who was stuck in a groundball rut. But he hit a three-run opposite-field homer in Oakland on Tuesday night and hit two balls hard Wednesday, including a fifth-inning double for the Giants’ first hit.
Pence hit a rifle shot down the left-field line after Brandon Crawford’s leadoff walk. The opportunity to carve into a 4-0 deficit yielded just one run, on Hernandez’s sacrifice fly, when Pinder reached over his shoulder at the track in left field to catch Miguel Gomez’s drive for the third out.
The A’s added two runs in the seventh against Albert Suarez, the key hit Lowrie’s second double. Pinder, after making his mark in the field, got another run home in the inning with his second single