DETROIT — Brandon Moss made a slight adjustment in his swing recently and he’s feeling better at the plate than he has all season.
Moss homered twice and drove in a career-high six runs in the Oakland Athletics’ 14-4 rout of the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.
“A couple of weeks ago, I was taking BP (batting practice) and found something that’s been hindering me the whole season,” he said. “I made the adjustment and I’m … feeling pretty good.”
In his past six games, Moss is 9-for-20 (.450) with four home runs and 10 RBI.
“He’s hot right now,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “And the thing is getting two home runs off of two left-handers (Jose Alvarez and Drew Smyly) … He’s seeing the ball pretty well right now.”
Three of Moss’ home runs have come in his past two games for Oakland, which had a season-high 21 hits and has won the first three games of the four-game series by a combined 28-13.
The Athletics beat Doug Fister in Wednesday night’s game, after besting Anibal Sanchez and Justin Verlander in the first two games.
Josh Donaldson had three hits and drove in two runs and Eric Sogard had two RBI for the Athletics.
Torii Hunter homered for the American League Central-leading Tigers. Hunter and Victor Martinez each had three hits.
“We got beat down real bad. It was an ugly game,” Hunter said. “… When a team is hot, that’s what it looks like.”
Oakland starter Daniel Straily (7-7) got his first win since July 9. He allowed a run and eight hits over six innings, walking two and striking out four.
Tigers starter Fister (11-7) took the loss. He gave up seven runs and 13 hits in five innings.
“It looks like Oakland was sitting in on our pitchers’ meeting. I guess I’d start out with that,” Detroit manager Jim Leyland said.
Left-hander Brett Anderson relieved Straily to start the seventh and pitched the last three innings for his first major league save.
It was the usual starter’s first appearance since April 29, after being sidelined with a stress fracture to his right foot.