Manaea goes 8 innings, pitches A's to 6-2 win over Rangers

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Even as Sean Manaea eased through a 1-2-3 eighth inning and retired his 10th consecutive batter, Oakland manager Bob Melvin had no intention on sending the young lefty back out for the ninth.

Not yet anyway.

Manaea didn't put up much of an argument, either. He was happy enough with a second straight strong outing, which made him the only Athletics starter with a victory this season.

Manaea pitched three-hit ball over eight innings as Oakland beat the Texas Rangers 6-2 on Wednesday night.

''This early in the year there is no way I'm going to let him go out there in the ninth inning,'' Melvin said. ''There is a residual effect from that. He had only been up five, maybe six times in spring training, then seven times his first time out, eight his next. There was no way. He wanted to, but there was no way I was going to let him go back out.''

Jed Lowrie had a two-run single in a four-run fourth. Matt Chapman scored two runs and Bruce Maxwell added an RBI double for the A's, who had lost four of five since winning on opening day.

Every Oakland starter had at least one hit or scored a run.

Manaea (1-1) hit Shin-Soo Choo with a pitch leading off the game but was dominant after that, allowing just one runner past first base and retiring 11 of his final 12 batters. The left-hander struck out four and walked one on 94 pitches while beating the Rangers for the third consecutive time.

''Obviously I wanted to finish the game, but talking to BoMel it kind of wasn't the right idea this early in the season,'' Manaea said. ''My (velocity) was kind of low toward the later part of the game, but I respect his decision and hopefully I can finish out a game one time.''

Manaea is the only A's starter to make it past the fifth inning this season, having done it in both outings. He yielded one run over 7 2/3 innings but took the loss against the Angels last Friday.

''Anytime you can get an outing like that it completely saves the bullpen,'' Melvin said. ''I've often said the starting pitcher on that particular day gives a team the confidence and he's doing that for us.''

Choo homered off reliever Yusmeiro Petit leading off the ninth.

The A's got to Doug Fister (1-1) for a run in the second and scored four more in the fourth after catcher Robinson Chirinos dropped a throw from first baseman Joey Gallo for an error.

Chapman singled leading off the inning before Fister plunked Chad Pinder with a pitch and walked Maxwell to load the bases. Gallo then fielded Boog Powell's grounder but his throw home was high and Chirinos dropped the ball as Chapman slid in.

After Marcus Semien's sacrifice fly drove in Pinder, Lowrie lined a 1-2 pitch to left field to make it 5-0 and chase Fister.

Oakland tacked on another run on the seventh when Matt Olson singled in Matt Joyce.

Fister allowed seven hits over 3 2/3 innings and had five strikeouts.

''I was putting them in good hitters' counts and not getting ahead of them,'' Fister said. ''I've got to be better, period.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: With a left-hander starting for Oakland, 2B Rougned Odor was given the night off.

Athletics: Joyce (left ankle) was cleared quicker than anticipated and started in left field. He doubled in the first and then walked and scored in the seventh.

PINDER'S PLAY

The Rangers put the first two batters on base against Manaea in the fifth before Pinder helped his pitcher with a running catch on Jurickson Profar's twisting fly ball deep into the right-field corner for the first out. ''Once he hit it I kind of put my head down and tried to beat it to the spot and it carried more than I thought,'' Pinder said. ''I ended up having to make a little bit of an adjustment.''

UP NEXT

Texas LHP Martin Perez is scheduled to come off the disabled list to start the series finale Thursday afternoon. Perez had surgery on his non-pitching elbow in December. He will oppose Oakland RHP Daniel Mengden (0-1, 7.94 ERA), winless in 12 career starts at the Coliseum.

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TEX2-5
000010001241
01040010X690
  • W: S. Manaea (1-1)L: D. Fister (1-1)
  • HR: TEX - S. Choo (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Choo DH31111000.318.400.500.9007.0
J. Gallo 1B40000021.214.241.464.706-1.0
E. Andrus SS40100001.346.414.538.9521.0
A. Beltre 3B40000001.192.222.269.4910.0
N. Mazara RF31200000.333.407.500.9073.0
R. Chirinos C20000101.095.130.143.2731.0
J. Profar 2B30000003.000.250.000.2500.0
R. Rua LF30010001.111.111.111.2221.0
C. Tocci CF30000021.000.000.000.000-1.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Semien SS40110021.276.333.345.6782.0
    M. Joyce LF41100123.227.370.318.6893.0
    J. Lowrie 2B30220101.250.300.321.6216.0
    K. Davis DH30100112.250.379.458.8381.5
    M. Olson 1B40110012.280.379.400.7791.5
    M. Chapman 3B42200013.385.448.6541.1023.5
    C. Pinder RF31000024.222.364.6671.0301.0
    B. Maxwell C31110113.286.375.429.8044.5
    B. Powell CF31000103.100.143.250.3934.0
      BATTING
      • HR - S. Choo
      • RBI - S. Choo, R. Rua
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Semien (2), M. Joyce (2), J. Lowrie (2), B. Maxwell
      • SF - M. Semien
      • RBI - M. Semien (2), J. Lowrie 2 (4), M. Olson (2), B. Maxwell
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Lowrie 2 (4), B. Maxwell
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - B. Powell
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - N. Mazara
      • E - R. Chirinos
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Fister (L, 1-1)3.27522503.121.85-4.5
      J. Chavez2.12112308.311.852.5
      J. Leclerc2.00001200.000.676.0
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Fister (L, 1-1)3.2
      J. Chavez2.1
      J. Leclerc2.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Manaea (W, 1-1)8.03111401.150.5131.0
      Y. Petit1.01110012.080.691.0
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Manaea (W, 1-1)8.0
      Y. Petit1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. Fister
      • HBP - D. Fister
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Fister 85-49, J. Chavez 41-22, J. Leclerc 26-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Fister 5-1, J. Chavez 1-3, J. Leclerc 1-2
      • Batters Faced - D. Fister 21, J. Chavez 11, J. Leclerc 6
      PITCHING
      • HBP - S. Manaea
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Manaea 94-64, Y. Petit 9-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Manaea 10-8, Y. Petit 2-1
      • Batters Faced - S. Manaea 27, Y. Petit 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
      123456789RHE
      TEX2-5
      000010001241
      01040010X690
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      S. Choo DH31111000.318.400.500.9007.0
      J. Gallo 1B40000021.214.241.464.706-1.0
      E. Andrus SS40100001.346.414.538.9521.0
      A. Beltre 3B40000001.192.222.269.4910.0
      N. Mazara RF31200000.333.407.500.9073.0
      R. Chirinos C20000101.095.130.143.2731.0
      J. Profar 2B30000003.000.250.000.2500.0
      R. Rua LF30010001.111.111.111.2221.0
      C. Tocci CF30000021.000.000.000.000-1.0
      Total292421149-----
      HITTERSAB
      S. Choo DH3
      J. Gallo 1B4
      E. Andrus SS4
      A. Beltre 3B4
      N. Mazara RF3
      R. Chirinos C2
      J. Profar 2B3
      R. Rua LF3
      C. Tocci CF3
      Total29
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Semien SS40110021.276.333.345.6782.0
        M. Joyce LF41100123.227.370.318.6893.0
        J. Lowrie 2B30220101.250.300.321.6216.0
        K. Davis DH30100112.250.379.458.8381.5
        M. Olson 1B40110012.280.379.400.7791.5
        M. Chapman 3B42200013.385.448.6541.1023.5
        C. Pinder RF31000024.222.364.6671.0301.0
        B. Maxwell C31110113.286.375.429.8044.5
        B. Powell CF31000103.100.143.250.3934.0
        Total31695051022-----
          BATTING
          • HR - S. Choo
          • RBI - S. Choo, R. Rua
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Semien (2), M. Joyce (2), J. Lowrie (2), B. Maxwell
          • SF - M. Semien
          • RBI - M. Semien (2), J. Lowrie 2 (4), M. Olson (2), B. Maxwell
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Lowrie 2 (4), B. Maxwell
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - B. Powell
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - N. Mazara
          • E - R. Chirinos
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Fister (L, 1-1)3.27522503.121.85-4.5
          J. Chavez2.12112308.311.852.5
          J. Leclerc2.00001200.000.676.0
          Total8.09635100---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Fister (L, 1-1)3.2
          J. Chavez2.1
          J. Leclerc2.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          S. Manaea (W, 1-1)8.03111401.150.5131.0
          Y. Petit1.01110012.080.691.0
          Total9.0422141---
          PITCHERSIP
          S. Manaea (W, 1-1)8.0
          Y. Petit1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - D. Fister
          • HBP - D. Fister
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Fister 85-49, J. Chavez 41-22, J. Leclerc 26-15
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Fister 5-1, J. Chavez 1-3, J. Leclerc 1-2
          • Batters Faced - D. Fister 21, J. Chavez 11, J. Leclerc 6
          PITCHING
          • HBP - S. Manaea
          • Pitches-Strikes - S. Manaea 94-64, Y. Petit 9-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Manaea 10-8, Y. Petit 2-1
          • Batters Faced - S. Manaea 27, Y. Petit 4
          • 9TH INNING
            Choo homered to right center26
          • 7TH INNING
            Olson singled to right, Joyce scored, Lowrie to third, Davis to second16
          • 5TH INNING
            Rua reached on fielder's choice to third, Mazara scored, Chirinos out at second15
          • 4TH INNING
            Lowrie singled to right center, Maxwell and Powell scored05
            Semien hit sacrifice fly to center, Pinder scored, Maxwell to third, Powell to second03
            Powell reached on fielder's choice to first, Chapman scored, Pinder to third, Maxwell to second on catcher Chirinos fielding error02
          • 2ND INNING
            Maxwell doubled to deep center, Chapman scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Yusmeiro Petit relieved Sean Manaea
            • S. Choo: Ball, Choo homered to right center
            • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Ball, Gallo flied out to center
            • E. Andrus: Foul, Andrus grounded out to first
            • A. Beltre: Ball, Beltre grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • S. Manaea Pitching:
            • J. Profar: Strike looking, Profar grounded out to shortstop
            • R. Rua: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Rua fouled out to first
            • C. Tocci: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Tocci struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Leclerc Pitching:
            • B. Powell: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Powell walked
            • M. Semien: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Semien struck out swinging, Powell stole second
            • M. Joyce: Ball, Strike looking, Joyce lined into double play first to shortstop, Powell out at second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • S. Manaea Pitching:
            • A. Beltre: Ball, Foul, Ball, Beltre lined out to right
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Strike looking, Mazara lined out to third
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Chirinos grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Chavez Pitching:
            • M. Joyce: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Joyce walked
            • J. Lowrie: Lowrie doubled to deep right center, Joyce to third
            • K. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Davis walked
            • M. Olson: Ball, Olson singled to right, Joyce scored, Lowrie to third, Davis to second
            • Jose Leclerc relieved Jesse Chavez
            • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Chapman struck out swinging
            • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Pinder popped out to third
            • B. Maxwell: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Maxwell grounded out to first
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • S. Manaea Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Foul, Choo grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Gallo flied out to center
            • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Andrus grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Chavez Pitching:
            • B. Maxwell: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Maxwell struck out swinging
            • B. Powell: Strike looking, Powell grounded out to second
            • M. Semien: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Semien struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • S. Manaea Pitching:
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Mazara reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Chirinos walked, Mazara to second
            • J. Profar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Profar flied out to deep right, Mazara to third
            • R. Rua: Rua reached on fielder's choice to third, Mazara scored, Chirinos out at second
            • C. Tocci: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Tocci struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Chavez Pitching:
            • M. Olson: Olson flied out to deep left
            • M. Chapman: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Chapman lined out to right
            • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pinder struck out looking
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • S. Manaea Pitching:
            • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Gallo struck out looking
            • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Andrus singled to center
            • A. Beltre: Ball, Strike swinging, Beltre grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Andrus out at second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Fister Pitching:
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Chapman singled to right
            • C. Pinder: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pinder hit by pitch, Chapman to second
            • B. Maxwell: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Maxwell walked, Chapman to third, Pinder to second
            • B. Powell: Strike looking, Powell reached on fielder's choice to first, Chapman scored, Pinder to third, Maxwell to second on catcher Chirinos fielding error
            • M. Semien: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Semien hit sacrifice fly to center, Pinder scored, Maxwell to third, Powell to second
            • M. Joyce: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Joyce struck out swinging
            • J. Lowrie: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Lowrie singled to right center, Maxwell and Powell scored
            • Jesse Chavez relieved Doug Fister
            • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Davis flied out to right
            • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 3RD INNING
            • S. Manaea Pitching:
            • R. Rua: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rua flied out to left
            • C. Tocci: Foul, Tocci grounded out to second
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Choo grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Fister Pitching:
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Semien doubled to deep right, Semien out at third
            • M. Joyce: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Joyce struck out looking
            • J. Lowrie: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lowrie walked
            • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Ball, Davis singled to left center, Lowrie to third
            • M. Olson: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Davis to second on wild pitch, Olson grounded out to second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • S. Manaea Pitching:
            • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Beltre grounded out to pitcher
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Mazara singled to center
            • R. Chirinos: Chirinos flied out to deep right
            • J. Profar: Ball, Ball, Profar popped out to first
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Fister Pitching:
            • M. Olson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
            • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Chapman singled to left
            • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
            • B. Maxwell: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Maxwell doubled to deep center, Chapman scored
            • B. Powell: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Powell grounded out to second
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • S. Manaea Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Choo hit by pitch
            • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Gallo struck out looking
            • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Ball, Andrus grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Choo out at second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Fister Pitching:
            • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Semien grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Joyce: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Joyce doubled to deep right
            • J. Lowrie: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Lowrie grounded out to second, Joyce to third
            • K. Davis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)