PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Guillermo Moscoso strengthened his case to stay in Oakland's starting rotation.
Moscoso took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, but had nothing to show for the best start of his young career. He was gone by the time pinch-hitter Ben Francisco hit an RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 1-0 victory over the Athletics on Friday night.
``This game was good for my confidence,' Moscoso said. ``I just hope I can stay in the rotation. We'll just have to see what happens.'
Moscoso gave up two hits and walked three in a career-high seven innings. Moscoso replaced the injured Tyson Ross in the rotation on May 25, and is 2-2 with a 2.65 ERA in six starts.
``He located well and used his breaking ball and change more than he has in the past,' A's manager Bob Melvin said. ``He used more pitches than he has been throwing. He's been good, but this one was his best yet.'
In a game in which rookie starters Moscoso and Vance Worley took no-hitters into the sixth, neither team got a runner to third until the ninth.
Shane Victorino walked to start the inning against Brian Fuentes (1-8). He went to second on Domonic Brown's one-out single to right. Both runners advanced on Brian Schneider's grounder to first. Francisco then hit a high bouncer over third baseman Scott Sizemore's head to drive in Victorino.
It was Oakland's third straight loss after six wins in a row.
``They're all equally frustrating,' Melvin said.
Michael Stutes (3-0) pitched a perfect ninth to get the win for the major league-leading Phillies (48-29). Four pitchers combined on the two-hitter.
Worley allowed one hit and walked four in six innings, tying for the longest of his eight career starts.
Hideki Matsui lined a double to left-center with two outs in the sixth for the first hit of the game. Victorino made a diving attempt for the ball, but it was way out of his reach.
A disappointed Worley slumped off the mound as fans gave him a nice ovation.
Placido Polanco lined a single to center for Philadelphia's first hit with one out in the bottom half.
The last time both starting pitchers took a no-hitter into the sixth inning of the same game was June 13, 2010, according to STATS, LLC. Chicago Cubs lefty Ted Lilly lost his no-hitter in the ninth and White Sox righty Gavin Floyd lost his bid in the seventh.
The Phillies helped Worley with two outstanding defensive plays in the fifth. Kurt Suzuki led off with a slow bouncer to third. Polanco charged hard, barehanded the ball and just beat Suzuki with a strong, off-balance throw.
With two outs and a runner on second, first baseman Ryan Howard made a diving stop going to his right on a hard grounder by Jemile Weeks. His toss to first was wide, but Worley made the grab and kept his foot on the base.
Moscoso got help in the third from center fielder Ryan Sweeney, who robbed Jimmy Rollins of extra bases with a diving grab on a drive to right-center.
This was the A's first visit to Philadelphia since playing at Veterans Stadium in 2003. The teams have split 10 meetings.
The A's - not the Phillies - are the most successful baseball team to play in Philadelphia. They spent 54 seasons here from 1901-54 before moving to Kansas City, and won five World Series titles in that span. The Phillies have won just two World Series championships in their first 128 seasons.
NOTES: A crowd of 45,685 was the 177th consecutive sellout at Citizens Bank Park, including postseason play. ... The Mariners are the only team that hasn't played in the Phillies' 8-year-old ballpark. ... The A's have hit one home run or fewer in each of the last 28 games, which is the second-longest streak in team history. The record is 31 games from July 21-August 19, 1978. They have 40 home runs for the season, which is the fewest in the majors.
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