Sean Manaea out-duels Felix Hernandez, leads A's to win in Seattle

Sean Manaea out-duels Felix Hernandez, leads A's to win in Seattle


SEATTLE -- Sean Manaea pitched seven strong innings and Jed Lowrie hit an early two-run homer off Felix Hernandez to lead the Oakland Athletics over the Seattle Mariners 2-1 on Sunday.

Oakland avoided a series sweep as Manaea (2-2) gave up just two hits and struck out four. It was the third time in four starts this season he has lasted at least seven innings.

Lowrie provided all the offense the A's needed with his fourth homer in the first inning. Blake Treinen finished with a four-out save.

Taylor Motter homered for the Mariners, who had won four in a row.

Manaea has been solid in every outing this season, allowing two runs or fewer each time. He held Seattle scoreless until Motter's fifth-inning homer.

The only other time a Mariners runner advanced past first base against Manaea was in the first, when Robinson Cano walked with two outs and moved to third on a wild pitch and a passed ball. Manaea got Nelson Cruz to fly out, stranding Cano, and Seattle's offense was largely shut down the rest of the day.

Hernandez (2-2) also was effective, but he couldn't match Manaea.

The longtime ace worked into the seventh inning for the first time this year, giving up five hits in 6 1/3 innings. He retired 13 in a row after Lowrie's homer, and struck out seven without issuing a walk.

In the first inning, Marcus Semien singled and then appeared to get picked off first base before a balk was called on Hernandez. After the umpires huddled, the balk was called off and Semien returned to first. Lowrie followed with his homer to right field, giving Oakland a 2-0 lead.

Oakland loaded the bases with one out in the eighth but was unable to score an insurance run. Chasen Bradford struck out Matt Olsen and got Matt Chapman to line out to left field, escaping the jam.


Athletics: INF Chad Pinder (hyperextended left knee) began a rehab assignment with Class A Stockton on Saturday, going 1 for 5. Pinder is eligible to return from the 10-day disabled list Monday. "Looks like he's on track to come back here pretty quick," manager Bob Melvin said.

Mariners: Mike Zunino (oblique strain) will start a rehab assignment Monday at Class A Modesto. Seattle manager Scott Servais said Zunino will likely play three rehab games there before rejoining the Mariners. . OF Ben Gamel (oblique strain) might rejoin the team in the next few days, Servais said.


Athletics: RHP Daniel Mengden (1-2, 6.19 ERA) will start against the White Sox on Monday. Mengden is 0-10 in 13 career starts in Oakland.

Mariners: LHP James Paxton (0-1, 5.74) opens a four-game series Monday against the Astros. Paxton tied a career high with 10 strikeouts in his last start at Kansas City.

Down on the Farm: A's top prospect starts for World All-Stars in Futures Game


Down on the Farm: A's top prospect starts for World All-Stars in Futures Game

A's top prospect Jesus Luzardo found himself starting on a major league mound on Sunday. While it wasn't a major league game, the 20-year-old could soon see himself back at a major league ballpark before we know. 

Luzardo started for the World All-Stars in the All-Star Futures Game against the USA All-Stars at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. The lefty quickly made an impression as he retired his first two batters, sitting in the upper 90s with his fastball. 

The third batter wasn't quite as kind to Luzardo. Rockies prospect Brendan Rodgers doubled on a 3-2 fastball and Rays prospect Nate Lowe knocked him in before being thrown out at second base. 

In total, Luzardo tossed two innings and allowed the lone run. He gave up three hits, struck out two and did not walk a batter. Of his 29 pitches, 19 were strikes. 

Luzardo started the season in Advanced Single-A and was promoted to Double-A Midland after just three starts. Between Stockton and Midland, Luzardo is 8-4 with a 2.30 ERA. He has struck out 99 batters in 78.1 innings and has a lowly 0.96 WHIP. 

A's outfielder Mark Canha: 'I'm not really sorry' about bat flip in Bay Bridge Series

A's outfielder Mark Canha: 'I'm not really sorry' about bat flip in Bay Bridge Series

Mark Canha is Bay Area born and bred. The San Jose native played college baseball at the University of California, Berkeley and has many fond memories going to games at AT&T Park. 

No memory is greater for Canha than what he did to the Giants on Saturday night. 

With the A's down 3-2 to the Giants in the top of the seventh inning in Game 2 of the Bay Bridge Series, Canha came off the bench and unloaded on a 93 mph fastball from Tony Watson to hit a two-run shot halfway up the left-field bleachers. The blast gave the A's a 4-3 lead and eventual win. 

What really grabbed headlines though was Canha's celebration. In more of a bat toss than flip, Canha flipped the script on the Giants and showed exactly how much this Bay Bridge Series means to him. 

And he has a message for those who think he somehow disrespected a game by having fun. 

"People getting offended by bat flips is so silly. I'm not sorry. I'm not really sorry. It's part of our game. Everybody does it," Canha said after the A's win. 

Will the Giants look for retribution and throw at Canha when he steps to the plate on Sunday? Canha couldn't care less. 

"If somebody's gonna throw at me -- I've been thrown at in the past, this season. I clearly didn't learn my lesson. So if you're offended by that, I don't care," Canha. 

The versatile outfielder is now batting .259 with 12 home runs and a .797 OPS this season.