Moscoso can 'go the distance,' Melvin says

Moscoso can 'go the distance,' Melvin says

ARLINGTON -- After Guillermo Moscoso's superb outing on Wednesday, when he came within four outs of a no-hitter in a 7-0 win over the Royals, manager Bob Melvin said that he'd likely give the 27-year-old a longer leash and let him pitch deeper into games.

Moscoso threw 129 pitches on Wednesday, the most by an Oakland pitcher in 10 years, and it marked the first time Moscoso had pitched into the ninth inning in any of his 18 career starts.

"At this point in time, he's been incrementally moving up," Melvin said. "He hasn't pitched more than six innings for quite a while, and last few times out, he's gone a little bit longer. He's proven that he can go that distance now."