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A's crush three homers, but drop slugfest to Mariners

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A's crush three homers, but drop slugfest to Mariners

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SEATTLE -- Daniel Vogelbach took advantage of a throwing error and scored from second base on an infield hit. He made a key scoop at first base to complete a needed double play and end an inning.

Important plays, yes. But they were secondary moments to a home run he won't soon forget.

"That's about as good as you can hit a ball. ... He's starting to heat up a little bit. The confidence is starting to come back," Seattle manager Scott Servais said.

Vogelbach the last of Seattle's four home runs, and the Mariners battered Oakland pitching for 17 hits in a 10-8 win over the Athletics on Saturday night.

Vogelbach's was the longest - an estimated 433-foot shot in the seventh inning that nearly reached the upper deck of right field - but was just the capper. Jean Segura hit a three-run homer off Oakland starter Kendall Graveman to stake Seattle to an early lead. Mitch Haniger and Kyle Seager added solo shots and the Mariners continued to show the potency of their lineup, scoring five or more runs for the seventh time in 12 games.

Vogelbach also doubled and scampered home standing up after Ichiro Suzuki's infield hit led to a throwing error and a chance for the lumbering first baseman to score from second.

"The vibe on this team, it's hard to describe," Vogelbach said. "Everybody is in it together, big hits everybody gets excited. I think that's something you can't teach. I'm just happy to be here and contribute every day."

Haniger had the decisive three-run blow in Friday's victory and followed up with an opposite-field solo shot in the fifth inning on Saturday. He also had a two-run single earlier after the A's had pulled even at 3-all.

Seager's home run was his third of the season and continued to counter what has been sluggish April's in the past from Seattle's third baseman. Seager has nine hits in his last 16 at-bats.

Seattle's Chasen Bradford (1-0) worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief after starter Marco Gonzales was lifted in the fourth, including the key double play Vogelbach scooped to get out of the inning. Edwin Diaz pitched the ninth for his sixth save.

Oakland tried to rally late thanks to home runs from Mark Canha and Khris Davis in the seventh inning, and a solo shot from Stephen Piscotty in the eighth to pull within 10-8. But the homers couldn't make up for an ugly night from Oakland's pitchers, who allowed at least one hit to every batter in Seattle's starting lineup. Graveman was out after four innings and the A's bullpen wasn't much better.

"We're scoring some runs. Similar to last night, we just can't hold them down," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "Hopefully our offense keeps swinging the bat the way it has been."

CHALLENGE BACKFIRES:
The top of the third inning appeared to end with Jonathan Lucroy scoring on Marcus Semien's double, and Semien then being tagged out at the plate for the final out trying to score after the ball escaped catcher David Freitas. But Seattle challenged and the call was changed to a ground-rule double after replay showed Semien's hit bouncing over the yellow line on the outfield wall.

The decision to challenge backfired. Canha followed with a two-run single and Jed Lowrie added an RBI single. Instead of being out of the inning up 3-1, the Mariners were in a 3-3 tie.

HIT STREAK:
Lost in the home runs, Seattle's Dee Gordon extended his hitting streak to 12 games. It's the third-longest hitting streak to begin a season in club history. Dating back to last season, Gordon has a hit in 18 straight games.

TRAINER'S ROOM:
Athletics: Oakland placed RHP Liam Hendriks on the 10-day DL with a right groin strain, but the club is uncertain the extent of the injury. Melvin said the team wasn't able to determine a time frame for recovery based off the initial examination.

Mariners: Catcher Mike Zunino is likely headed for a brief rehab assignment early next week. Zunino (oblique strain) is expected to catch a couple of games in the minors - either with Double-A Arkansas or Single-A Modesto - early next week before rejoining the Mariners.

UP NEXT:
Athletics: Sean Manaea (1-2) has allowed two runs or less in each of his three starts but has gotten little run support. The A's have one combined run in his two losses this season.

Mariners: Felix Hernandez (2-1) makes his fourth start of the season. Hernandez allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings in his last start against Kansas City.

 

Khris Davis homer hands A's series win against best team in baseball

Khris Davis homer hands A's series win against best team in baseball

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OAKLAND -- Khris Davis hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer off David Price with two outs in the eighth inning and the Oakland Athletics beat the Boston Red Sox 4-1 on Sunday.

A day after getting no-hit by Sean Manaea, Boston lost back-to-back games for the first time under new manager Alex Cora.

The Red Sox had won their first six series this season before dropping two of three at the Coliseum. They still have the best record in the majors at 17-4.

Davis had two hits and drove in all four runs for the A's. Marcus Semien and Stephen Piscotty added two hits apiece as Oakland won for the sixth time in seven games.

Semien and Piscotty hit back-to-back singles off Price (2-2) with one out in the eighth. After Jed Lowrie struck out for the third time, Davis lined the first pitch into the seats in left field for his sixth home run.

Davis also had an RBI single off Price in the first.

Price allowed nine hits and four runs over 7 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked one.

Coming off Manaea's gem, the A's got another strong pitching performance against the hard-hitting Red Sox. Daniel Mengden gave up one run in 6 1/3 innings and Blake Treinen (1-1), Oakland's third reliever, retired five batters to win.

Treinen appeared to injure his left ankle while fielding Blake Swinhart's comebacker but remained in the game and got Christian Vazquez to fly out to end it.

Mitch Moreland had two hits and Brock Holt drove in Boston's lone run.

Mengden allowed a pair of first-inning singles, then retired 16 of 17 before yielding back-to-back hits in the seventh. He left after giving up Holt's tying RBI double in the seventh.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: LHP Bobby Poyner was activated off the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. He had been out with a left hamstring strain.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (4-0, 1.40) pitches the opener of a three-game series in Toronto on Tuesday. He has thrown 13 consecutive scoreless innings over his previous two starts.

Athletics: RHP Trevor Cahill (1-0, 0.00) makes his second start of the season Monday at Texas. It's the first time this season that the A's will leave the West Coast.

Sean Manaea thought historic night 'was just a one-hitter'

Sean Manaea thought historic night 'was just a one-hitter'

OAKLAND -- Everyone at the Coliseum Saturday night knew they were witnessing something special.

Everyone except Sean Manaea, that is.

The A's 26-year-old left-hander didn't even realize he was throwing a no-hitter until the eighth inning.

“When Marcus (Semien) dropped that ball in the fifth inning, I just thought it was a hit,” Manaea laughed. “So from then until the eighth or ninth, I thought it was just a one-hitter. I didn't think it was a no-hitter. And then I looked up in the eighth and ninth, and I saw that there were still zeros. I was like, 'Whoa, that's weird.'”

In fact, Sandy Leon's pop up to shallow left field was ruled an error on Semien, and Manaea went on to throw his first career no-hitter, and the first in Major League Baseball this season, as the A's blanked the Red Sox, 3-0.

“Coming out for the ninth, my heart was beating out of my chest,” Manaea admitted. “I had to do everything I could to stay calm and not overdo things.”

Added A's catcher Jonathan Lucroy: “I've caught a lot of great pitchers in this game. I have eight years in the league now. And that was the most well-pitched, well-executed game I've ever had behind the plate.”

Simply put, Manaea was brilliant, from start to finish. He made the league's highest-scoring offense look foolish, recording 10 strikeouts and only allowing two walks.

“Honestly, it still doesn't feel real, even after the last out,” Manaea said. “I couldn't even imagine throwing a no-hitter in the big leagues, especially against a team like the Red Sox. It's an incredible feeling.”

“That's one of the best lineups in the league over there,” said Lucroy. “He just no-hit them. Being behind the plate for that, being able to watch it, being able to see what the ball was doing, watching the swings they were taking, they weren't very comfortable. As a catcher, that's really all you can ask for. It was a lot of fun.”

Manaea may not have known he was throwing a no-hitter, but his manager sure did. Not only did Bob Melvin not talk to Manaea, he refused to even look at him.

“I did not make eye contact with him after about the sixth inning,” Melvin joked. “He showed some emotion coming off the field after the eighth, which kind of surprised me a little bit. He normally doesn't show much emotion in what he does. When he got the last out of the eighth, it was almost like he could smell it.”

The biggest play of the game, aside from the final out, came in the sixth inning, when Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi nubbed one up along the first base line. A's first baseman Matt Olson fielded the ball and dove at Benintendi, who lunged to the side to avoid the tag.

Benintendi was initially ruled safe, but the umpires came together to discuss the play and determined he had run outside the basepath, calling him out.

“He started out on the grass and ended up on the grass on the other side,” Melvin said. “We have a 6'6'' first baseman who was fully (outstretched). So for me, three feet is kind of what they're talking about. And once you get out of the dirt area and onto the grass over there, it was out of the baseline.”

Manaea's no-hitter was the seventh in Oakland A's history and the first since Dallas Braden tossed a perfect game in 2010. It marked the first time Boston had been no-hit since 1993, snapping a streak of 3,987 games.

What a night it was at the Coliseum.