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Graveman solid in loss to Rangers

Righty fans 7 during 6 quality frames; A's bats quiet behind him
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ARLINGTON -- Kendall Graveman remains winless but continues to show signs of a revival, the changeup at the forefront of a changed approach for the A's pitcher.

The right-hander was liberal with the pitch in a 4-2 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday night, relying on it moreso than his signature sinker while also showcasing his modified delivery. His efforts were encouraging, but the A's bats were mostly silent as their four-game winning streak was snapped.

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ARLINGTON -- Kendall Graveman remains winless but continues to show signs of a revival, the changeup at the forefront of a changed approach for the A's pitcher.

The right-hander was liberal with the pitch in a 4-2 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday night, relying on it moreso than his signature sinker while also showcasing his modified delivery. His efforts were encouraging, but the A's bats were mostly silent as their four-game winning streak was snapped.

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Graveman completed six innings and didn't allow a homer, marking the first time in six tries he was able to check off both to-dos. He walked four but also struck out seven in a three-run outing, after allowing at least four runs in each of his other starts.

Video: OAK@TEX: Graveman spins to turn 1-6-3 DP

"He mixed his pitches again and overall threw better, we just didn't score too many runs for him," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "We just didn't play a good game overall."

Graveman weaved his way through a steady stream of traffic -- he stranded seven baserunners -- and ran his pitch count up to 112, 51 of which were changeups. Never before in his career has he thrown it as much. In contrast, he utilized his sinker 49 times.

"Getting better," Graveman said. "I thought the changeup was really good. Got a lot of swing-and-misses. For me, that's a big plus, something I'm working on, and I thought it showed up really good tonight. Soft contact, kept the ball in the yard, gave us a chance to win, and now I just have to find ways to limit damage."

Khris Davis' two-run homer against Rangers starter Doug Fister in the third inning accounted for Oakland's only runs, leaving Graveman little wiggle room. The Rangers responded with a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth to take the lead, staging a two-out rally and getting RBI knocks from Nomar Mazara and Isiah Kiner-Falefa.

Video: OAK@TEX: Davis jacks a two-run homer to right

Graveman dropped to 0-5 with an 8.89 ERA.

"Just continue to get better and try to put up wins when I get out there and win as a team when I'm pitching," he said.

The A's had a prime scoring opportunity in the eighth when Marcus Semien reached second base on a two-base throwing error by Falefa, but he was easily tagged out at third after attempting to tag on Jed Lowrie's flyout to Delino DeShields in center.

Video: OAK@TEX: DeShields turns 8-5 double play in 8th

"We're gonna run on DeShields," Melvin said. "That's the scouting report, and that's the best throw I've seen him make, so I'm sure that's what Marcus was thinking when he took off."

BUCHTER EXITS WITH INJURY
A's lefty Ryan Buchter recorded just one out before exiting in the seventh with shoulder stiffness. He'll be re-evaluated in Houston on Friday.

"Looked at the velocity, it was down a bit and just didn't want to mess around with that," Melvin said. "There's been times he's had better days than others, but the velo's always been there, and whenever we feel like it's bothering him a little, we give him a day off. Today was a day all of a sudden the velo wasn't there, and we didn't want to push him."

Video: OAK@TEX: Buchter strikes out Choo, but leaves game

Right-hander Emilio Pagan took over and surrendered an RBI triple to Ronald Guzman in the eighth.

SOUND SMART
Davis has 18 home runs against the Rangers since the start of the 2016 season. That's the most for any player in the Major Leagues against any single opponent over that period. His 17 home runs against the Mariners are the second most against any opponent.

HE SAID IT
"That was big for myself to go back out there and finish that inning. That's one thing I'm working toward, to get deeper in the ballgame. You see the starters around here doing a good job of that, and I'm ready to hop on board and jump on with them."
-- Graveman

UP NEXT
The A's will spend Thursday's off-day in Houston, before beginning a three-game series at Minute Maid Park for their first meeting of the season with the defending world champion Astros. Left-hander Sean Manaea (3-2, 1.23 ERA) will be on the mound for his first start since Saturday's no-hitter, while Houston will counter with lefty Dallas Keuchel in the 5:10 p.m. PT affair on Friday.

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A's acquire Font from Dodgers for Salow

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ARLINGTON -- The A's on Wednesday swung a deal with the Dodgers for right-hander Wilmer Font, who adds to their list of long-relief options.

To do so, they sacrificed their 2017 sixth-round Draft pick: left-hander Logan Salow had a 1.52 ERA in 20 relief appearances in Oakland's farm system.

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ARLINGTON -- The A's on Wednesday swung a deal with the Dodgers for right-hander Wilmer Font, who adds to their list of long-relief options.

To do so, they sacrificed their 2017 sixth-round Draft pick: left-hander Logan Salow had a 1.52 ERA in 20 relief appearances in Oakland's farm system.

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Font, who was designated for assignment by Los Angeles on Monday, has yet to join the A's.

"This is a guy that the front office has talked about before," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "He's got a big arm, and not only is he potential relief but he's potential start, so we're always trying to have as many guys in the mix as we possibly can."

Font, 27, was 0-2 with an 11.32 ERA in six relief appearances for the Dodgers this season. His opponents hit .383 against him, and he allowed five homers, most among Major League relievers. In 14 career big league appearances between Texas and Los Angeles, he has an 11.42 ERA.

The right-hander has nine Minor League seasons under his belt, posting a 3.61 ERA while averaging 10.62 strikeouts per nine innings in that span.

Treinen good to go
A's closer Blake Treinen, who was struck in the right shin by a fierce line drive Tuesday night, was walking around pain-free Wednesday and deemed himself ready for action. Melvin confirmed as much.

Video: OAK@TEX: Treinen takes liner off shin, leaves game

"When I went out there, I knew he was going to come off the mound, and I was just hoping that there was no fracture," Melvin said, "because that hit him really good. So for him to be available is terrific."

Shin-Soo Choo's line drive had an exit velocity of 105 mph.

"That was pretty hard off my leg," Treinen said. "Really, last night, the issue was it whacked my nerve or something, because my leg went kind of numb for a while, and I didn't think it would be smart for me to not have my best on the mound. Today, I can move [with] no issues, it's just tender to the touch.

"Thankfully it didn't hit any bone. In the moment, a little disconcerting, but right now I'm thankful it's nothing serious."

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Backed by Triggs' gem, A's continue to roll

Righty holds Rangers to 1 ER, fans 6 over 6 IP in bounce-back start; Oakland wins 4th in a row
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ARLINGTON -- The A's fourth consecutive win nearly wasn't. Missed scoring opportunities stained the early innings, a narrow lead almost got away, and their closer exited after just one batter on account of injury.

The news was good on Blake Treinen -- the right-hander has a bruised shin -- and so was the outcome for these unstoppable A's, who pulled out a 3-2 win over the host Rangers at Globe Life Park on Tuesday night behind Andrew Triggs' six-inning effort.

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ARLINGTON -- The A's fourth consecutive win nearly wasn't. Missed scoring opportunities stained the early innings, a narrow lead almost got away, and their closer exited after just one batter on account of injury.

The news was good on Blake Treinen -- the right-hander has a bruised shin -- and so was the outcome for these unstoppable A's, who pulled out a 3-2 win over the host Rangers at Globe Life Park on Tuesday night behind Andrew Triggs' six-inning effort.

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The rebound act -- Triggs yielded six runs in 1 1/3 innings in his previous outing -- continued a string of strong performances from Oakland's starting staff, which has allowed one run or fewer in six of the last nine games.

Their work, complementing a robust offense, has helped the A's to victory in eight of their last nine tries.

Video: OAK@TEX: Olson slams an RBI double off the wall

"There's no coincidence that we've been winning games and we've been getting six innings or more from the starting pitching," A's manager Bob Melvin said.

"It's not just starting staff, it's across the board," Triggs said. "Those guys go out and put up a run, we want to keep them off the board, and it's just a really fun time right now."

Triggs held Texas to just four hits while completing six innings for the first time this year, limiting them to one run in the sixth after loading the bases with one out. He was awarded the win thanks to Jed Lowrie's go-ahead double in the seventh that knocked Rangers starter Cole Hamels out of the game.

"To only give up one run, that was the key," Melvin said. "Sometimes it can get away a little bit. You pitch well, now you got some traffic, you can't let it get away, and it didn't, so one run was a good outcome, and much better than last time."

Mark Canha homered for the game's first run in the sixth, giving the center fielder three on the season, and Matt Olson delivered a dose of insurance with an RBI double in the eighth.

Video: OAK@TEX: Canha homers just out of the reach of Mazara

Treinen was brought in for a five-out save but exited the game after being struck by a line drive from his first batter, Shin-Soo Choo. Right-hander Lou Trivino was summoned in his stead and surrendered an RBI single to Adrian Beltre, before veteran Santiago Casilla secured the save with a perfect ninth.

It was just the sixth appearance of the season for Casilla and first in nearly a week -- a nod to the team's reliance on the entirety of the roster during this torrid stretch.

Video: OAK@TEX: Casilla retires Guzman to earn the save

"That was terrific," Melvin said. "You gotta turn to some experience at that point and he did a nice job."

SOUND SMART
With a pair of hits, Lowrie notched his seventh multi-hit game over his past 10 games, and leads the Majors with 12 this season. Lowrie also leads all of baseball with 37 hits.

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Chad Pinder singled in his first at-bat against Hamels to extend his career-opening streak against the left-hander to 7-for-7. Hamels then hit Pinder with a pitch in the third, before finally retiring him in the fifth via strikeout and enjoying a personal celebration of sorts by throwing up both arms and clenching his fists.

Video: OAK@TEX: Pinder's 7-for-7 streak against Hamels ends

HE SAID IT
"I felt like I was moving the ball around really well with Lucroy. I might have shaken him off once. I was sort of letting him drive and I was in the passenger seat, so it was a fun one and it was a great team win."
-- Triggs, on battery mate Jonathan Lucroy

UP NEXT
The A's will send right-hander Kendall Graveman to the mound for Wednesday's 5:05 p.m. PT series finale at Globe Life Park. Graveman, looking for his first win of the season, is seeking better results after pitching to a 10.07 ERA during his first five starts. The Rangers will counter with right-hander Doug Fister (1-2, 3.95 ERA).

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Treinen 'a little sore' after hit by 105-mph liner

Reliever walks off field under own power, escapes with only right shin bruise
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ARLINGTON -- A's closer Blake Treinen was struck by a line drive and forced out of Tuesday's 3-2 win against the Rangers with one out in the eighth inning, suffering a right shin bruise.

"He's all right. A little sore, obviously," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "That got him pretty good. We'll see how he is tomorrow, but probably going to be a little sore."

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ARLINGTON -- A's closer Blake Treinen was struck by a line drive and forced out of Tuesday's 3-2 win against the Rangers with one out in the eighth inning, suffering a right shin bruise.

"He's all right. A little sore, obviously," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "That got him pretty good. We'll see how he is tomorrow, but probably going to be a little sore."

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Melvin hopes to have Treinen at the ready come Friday in Houston, following Thursday's off-day.

"It was a little disconcerting," A's starter Andrew Triggs said, "so hopefully it's just a bad bruise and he'll be fine."

The liner, hit off the bat of Shin-Soo Choo, had an exit velocity of 105 mph, per Statcast™. Choo reached first base for a single, and Treinen was quickly escorted off the field with a trainer, though he was walking under his own power.

Right-hander Lou Trivino, recalled from Triple-A ahead of the game, replaced Treinen, teaming up with Santiago Casilla to preserve the lead.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

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Graveman tweaks game, eyeing better results

Petit placed on bereavement list; Hendriks to have cyst removed
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ARLINGTON -- The A's are performing better than ever, even without their Opening Day starter in tip-top form.

Right-hander Kendall Graveman, who will enter his Wednesday start against the Rangers with a 10.07 ERA, is anxious to join the party, and it remains to be seen just how good the A's can be when he's on his game.

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ARLINGTON -- The A's are performing better than ever, even without their Opening Day starter in tip-top form.

Right-hander Kendall Graveman, who will enter his Wednesday start against the Rangers with a 10.07 ERA, is anxious to join the party, and it remains to be seen just how good the A's can be when he's on his game.

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"I'm excited about jumping on board and getting it rolling, too," Graveman said Tuesday. "That, for me, is the next step, helping this team win. I'm excited where I'm headed, where I'm trending."

Graveman last week showcased a modified delivery against the Red Sox, keeping his hands near his belt as opposed to bringing them over his head, and he'll use it again Wednesday. He also utilized his changeup with more frequency, loosening his grip on the pitch after watching new teammate Trevor Cahill at work.

The results were encouraging: Graveman's lone blemish was a three-run homer to Jackie Bradley Jr., and he responded by retiring 11 in a row. He was lifted following a string of three singles in the sixth, and reliever Emilio Pagan surrendered a grand slam, leaving Graveman responsible for six runs.

"The mindset is good," Graveman said. "No issues there. I thought I made really good pitches last week and had a good bullpen session this week, kept it shorter than I have been to save some of my arm, and I just want to continue to focus on location."

Graveman will continue to play the changeup off his signature sinker, too, saying, "For three years, I threw everything pretty hard, and guys knew it, and I was beating people with it, and now the game is screaming at me to continue to develop and change and to get better, and we're always striving to get better."

"[Graveman] made a lot of adjustments," A's manager Bob Melvin said. I thought at first maybe a little bit extreme, and then the pitch complement was quite different, but that's what you do when you're struggling, you gotta make some adjustments, and I think he did a nice job with it. Hopefully he takes some confidence to the mound. It's just a matter of time before he gets going, in our opinion. "

Petit leaves team
Right-hander Yusmeiro Petit left the A's on Tuesday to be with his family in Venezuela following the death of his mother, Rubia. Petit, who was placed on the bereavement list, learned the news of his mom's passing before Monday's game, yet still managed to toss 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

Video: OAK@TEX: Petit fields comebacker, begins a DP

"I'm amazed, and then gets hit on top of it, remains in the game, finishes that inning and goes back out and gets two other hitters out," Melvin said. "I didn't expect it. Obviously appreciated it.

"We all had heavy hearts for him. He really wanted to pitch, and I was not going to use him in that game unless he really wanted to."

Tweet from @Athletics: Our thoughts are with Yusmeiro and his family during this difficult time.

In his place, right-hander Lou Trivino rejoined the A's for a second time. He made his big league debut April 17 and tossed a scoreless inning against the White Sox. The right-hander picked up his first win the next day when he compiled three shutout innings in the A's 12-11, 14-inning win over Chicago.

Hendriks to undergo minor procedure
Reliever Liam Hendriks was expected to have an operation Tuesday to remove a cyst from his hip joint. He was also scheduled to receive a platelet-rich plasma injection to relieve a tear in one of the hip muscles, per A's head trainer Nick Paparesta.

The procedure, which will relieve the groin discomfort that put Hendriks on the disabled list April 14, was to be orchestrated by noted hip specialist Dr. Marc Phillopon in Vail. Colo. Paparesta deemed it "relatively minor."

Per Paparesta, Hendriks will rest for at least 10 days and could be throwing off the mound within a few weeks.

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Tuesday's top prospect performers

A's No. 2 impresses in Double-A debut
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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Tuesday.

Jesus Luzardo allowed two runs on two hits in the first inning of his Double-A debut but was nearly untouchable the rest of the way, completing five strong innings of three-hit ball as Midland edged Corpus Christi, 3-2.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Tuesday.

Jesus Luzardo allowed two runs on two hits in the first inning of his Double-A debut but was nearly untouchable the rest of the way, completing five strong innings of three-hit ball as Midland edged Corpus Christi, 3-2.

Luzardo, Oakland's No. 2 prospect (No. 60 overall), struck out the side in the second inning before finishing with five strikeouts and one walk. He also induced a handful of ground-ball outs in the performance, throwing 45 of his 78 pitches for strikes.

Luzardo's promotion to the Texas League in the first month of the season was the latest in what has been a series of quick promotions for the 20-year-old left-hander.

Luzardo fans fifth batter of day

A third-round pick by the Nationals in 2016 despite having undergone Tommy John surgery a few months prior, Luzardo received a well-above-slot bonus to forgo his Miami commitment. He made his highly anticipated pro debut nearly a year later and dazzled in a trio of Rookie-level Gulf Coast League starts before joining the A's at the July Trade Deadline in the deal that netted Washington Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson. Luzardo continued to impress following the trade, too, pitching to a 1.82 ERA with 33 strikeouts and a .194 BAA in 29 2/3 innings (nine starts) between the Rookie-level Arizona and the Class A Short Season New York-Penn Leagues.

Luzardo's performance convinced the A's that the precocious sophomore was ready for a greater challenge, as he made just three starts in the hitter-friendly Class A Advanced California League -- posting a 1.23 ERA, a .120 opponents' average and a 25-to-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 14 2/3 innings -- before a bump up to Double-A.

With his latest debut behind him, Luzardo now boasts a 1.71 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP across his first 63 innings as a professional. He's racked up 78 strikeouts against 11 walks in that span, while limiting opposing hitters to a .193 average and zero home runs.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Tuesday

No. 8 overall prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. (Padres' No. 1) hit solo home runs in the sixth and ninth innings to account for both runs in Double-A San Antonio's 5-2 loss against Frisco. It marked the second career multi-homer game for the 19-year-old shortstop, who now has gone deep three times in 18 games for the Missions. He's batting an even .200 on the season.

Tatis Jr. slams solo homer

No. 13 overall prospect Bo Bichette (Blue Jays' No. 2) went home-to-third twice for Double-A New Hampshire in his first career two-triple game. He also scored a pair of runs in the contest before finishing 2-for-5. The 20-year-old shortstop is batting .296/.375/.428 on the season, with hits in 13 of 16 games for the Fisher Cats. Jonathan Davis (No. 28) led off the game with a home run, his first of the season, and drove in three in the 9-4 victory over Binghamton.

Bichette smacks second triple

Angels No. 9 prospect Matt Thaiss tallied three extra-base hits but ultimately fell a home run short of the cycle, going 4-for-5 with two doubles and a triple in Double-A Mobile's win over Mississippi. Thaiss matched his career high with the four hits and improved his batting average by 40 points, from .250 to .290, in the process. The 2016 first-rounder has 12 runs, 14 RBIs and seven extra-base hits in 17 games this season.

Thaiss hits game's second double

Tigers No. 10 prospect Christin Stewart blasted his third home run in his first multi-hit game of the year to help lead Triple-A Toledo past Pawtucket. He also doubled and hit a pair of singles to finish 4-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs. The 24-year-old outfielder is slashing .250/.370/.450 through 17 games after hitting .256/.335/.501 with 28 homers last season over 136 Double-A contests.

Stewart slugs home run

No. 79 overall prospect Stephen Gonsalves (Twins' No. 3) tossed five innings of one-run ball en route to his third win in four starts for Double-A Chattanooga. The 23-year-old recorded a season-high nine of his 15 outs via the strikeout while scattering four hits with two walks and throwing 60 of his 91 pitches for strikes. Gonsalves has pitched to a 1.77 ERA, with 25 strikeouts and 10 walks, while limiting batters to seven hits in 20 1/3 innings.

No. 59 overall prospect Alex Faedo's fourth career start was his longest. The Tigers' No. 3 prospect completed 6 2/3 innings, allowing one earned run on four hits with six strikeouts for Class A Advanced Lakeland in a no-decision against Dunedin. Faedo, the No. 18 overall pick in last year's Draft, has worked at least five innings in all four starts, posting a 2.74 ERA with 21 strikeouts and one walk over 23 innings in that span.

Video: Top Prospects: Alex Faedo, RHP, Tigers

Blue Jays No. 19 prospect Kevin Smith went 2-for-5 with a home run, a double and five RBIs, leading Class A Lansing past Dayton, 7-0. The homer, a three-run shot in the third inning, was Smith's second of the season and snapped a seven-game extra-base hit drought. The 2017 fourth-rounder is batting .286 overall with 17 RBIs, 10 runs and five steals through 15 games.

Braves No. 16 prospect Dustin Peterson's first home run of the season was a grand slam that proved the difference in Triple-A Gwinnett's 5-2 win against Rochester. He finished the contest with three hits and four RBIs, both season highs for the 23-year-old outfielder.

Cubs No. 28 prospect Cory Abbott was sharp for Class A South Bend in Game 1 of a doubleheader, tossing seven strong innings during which he allowed two hits -- including a solo home run -- and struck out six. The 22-year-old righty, Chicago's second-round pick in 2017, has given up three hits in his past two starts and owns a 2.12 ERA in 17 innings (three starts) on the season.

Marlins No. 11 prospect Brian Miller enjoyed a six-hit day as Class A Advanced Jupiter split a doubleheader with Palm Beach. The 22-year-old center fielder collected four hits in the opener for the second time in four games, going 4-for-4 with two runs and two stolen bases, and then added two more knocks, as well as two RBIs, in the nightcap. Overall, Miller improved his average from .313 to .360 with the 6-for-8 performance.

Angels No. 29 prospect Joe Gatto, a 22-year-old right-hander, allowed one hit over six innings in his second straight scoreless start for Class A Advanced Inland Empire. Throwing 47 of his 78 pitches for strikes, Gatto posted five strikeouts against two walks and induced 10 ground-ball outs. He's now kept his opponent out of the run column in three of four starts in the California League. Overall, Gatto has pitched to a 2.37 ERA with 25 strikeouts and eight walks in 19 innings.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

Semien sparks 6-run 9th as A's win 3rd straight

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ARLINGTON -- These A's are here to play, but will they be able to stay?

A 9-4 series-opening victory over the host Rangers at Globe Life Park on Monday, fueled by a six-run ninth inning sparked by Marcus Semien's leadoff homer, gave them their seventh win in their last eight tries.

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ARLINGTON -- These A's are here to play, but will they be able to stay?

A 9-4 series-opening victory over the host Rangers at Globe Life Park on Monday, fueled by a six-run ninth inning sparked by Marcus Semien's leadoff homer, gave them their seventh win in their last eight tries.

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They're rolling, above .500 (12-11) for the first time since winning their opener, after stumbling to a 4-8 start. The A's are hoping to stay afloat with a roaring offense and improved pitching.

"We're playing well," second baseman Jed Lowrie said, "and that's going to be the challenge this year for a young team, is just staying consistent, because it's a long year, and with young, talented players, it's all about consistency at this level. If we can maintain a level of consistency, it'll be fun."

Video: OAK@TEX: Semien rips a go-ahead homer to left

Lowrie reached base three times Monday and tallied two hits. Following Semien's homer to break a 3-3 tie, he beat out an infield single on a reversed ruling after a review, and the insurance runs came pouring in: With two outs, Matt Chapman delivered an RBI triple and scored on another hit by Mark Canha. Matt Olson was intentionally walked, and Jake Smolinski responded with a two-run triple. Jonathan Lucroy capped the busy inning with a run-scoring single.

"That starts the whole thing," A's manager Bob Melvin said of Lowrie's sprint. "That's as fast as I've seen him. … When he can smell a hit, he gets down the line pretty good. He even did a little umpiring over there at first, too, to let me know to challenge it."

"I've been doing a lot of sprints on the treadmill," Lowrie said. "I'm never going to be known as a speed guy, but I've been doing a lot of sprint work, so maybe it's helped."

Video: OAK@TEX: Lowrie reaches safely after review

Semien's solo shot against Rangers reliever Kevin Jepsen was his third homer of the season. He also singled and scored in the third in support of A's starter Trevor Cahill, who worked five innings and allowed three runs in his second start.

Oakland starters have a 3.33 ERA in the last seven games after posting a 5.61 ERA over the first 15 games.

"That really goes along with the psyche of the team," Melvin said. "If a starter goes out there and you have confidence in that starter and feel like he's going to give you outs and put you in position to win, there's a lot more confidence that goes with it. That's the case right now."

The veteran Cahill held the Rangers to just four hits -- among them a game-tying two-run homer to Robinson Chirinos in the fourth. He was also charged with a wild pitch that led to Texas' first run in the third after the A's had given him a 2-0 lead in the top half of the inning.

Video: OAK@TEX: Cahill picks up his sixth K of the night

Khris Davis was responsible, driving in two with a double in the third inning, and the A's tacked on a run in the fourth when Canha doubled and scored on a Chad Pinder base hit.

"We're pitching well, we're hitting pretty good," Semien said. "We were pretty optimistic. We had a lot of injuries coming out of spring, so that was the only problem, but guys have stepped up. Cahill's come in and did a great job."

SOUND SMART
Davis has 41 RBIs in 42 career games against the Rangers and is batting .338 (24-for-71) at Globe Life Park, the third-highest average among active players with at least 70 at-bats, trailing only Miguel Cabrera (.379) and Jason Kipnis (.344).

Video: OAK@TEX: Davis doubles to left, drives in a pair

HE SAID IT
"We put ourselves in a bad position early on, so we've played well since. We felt good coming out of spring with the group that we had. We're just starting to play a little better right now, and it starts with the starting rotation." -- Melvin, on the key to the A's recent run of wins

UP NEXT
Right-hander Andrew Triggs will look to get back on track in a start against the host Rangers on Tuesday. Triggs had allowed no more than two runs in each of his first three starts, before yielding six in 1 1/3 innings against the White Sox in his latest outing. He'll be opposed by Texas lefty Cole Hamels (1-3, 4.76 ERA) in the 7:05 p.m. contest at Globe Life Park.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

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Manaea gets congrats from Trout for no-no

A's lefty earns co-Player of the Week honors after historic start
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ARLINGTON -- A's lefty Sean Manaea has quite the fan club these days.

The star-studded membership list includes Mike Trout, who reached out to the no-hitter author via Twitter.

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ARLINGTON -- A's lefty Sean Manaea has quite the fan club these days.

The star-studded membership list includes Mike Trout, who reached out to the no-hitter author via Twitter.

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"Trout DM'd me and said congrats," Manaea said. "I thought that was pretty cool."

Two days removed from pitching the seventh no-hitter in Oakland A's history, Manaea is still sorting through 200-plus messages on his phone, plus dozens more on Twitter and Instagram. The congratulatory notes continued Monday, when Manaea was named American League co-Player of the Week with Baltimore's Manny Machado.

"I think that's pretty exciting and obviously well-deserved," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "Machado must've had a heckuva week if he tied Manaea."

Video: Must C Classic: Sean Manaea no-hits the Red Sox

Machado went bonkers at the plate, batting .500 with five home runs and eight RBIs over six games to earn the award for the fourth time in his career. Manaea's doings, of course, were historical.

It was the first no-hitter by an A's pitcher since Dallas Braden orchestrated a perfect game against the Rays on May 9, 2010. Manaea did it against the red-hot Red Sox, who claimed wins in 17 of their first 19 games before dropping two straight to the A's.

Manaea baffled Boston's hitters, striking out 10 in what was also the first complete game of his career. The 26-year-old has since been reliving the momentous memory in his head, freely admitting that he can't stop watching the highlights.

Tweet from @HanleyRamirez: Enjoying a session of post-Manaea group therapy lmao 🤣#GoBruins 🏒🥅 pic.twitter.com/rRYeo8zI4s

Only on Sunday, after a late arrival in Texas, was Manaea finally able to get the sleep that eluded him the night of the no-hitter.

"It's been crazy," he said. "Everybody is super excited and pouring on the love. It's awesome seeing all the support I have back home and all the places I've been to. It's pretty awesome hearing from all the people I've met throughout the years because of baseball.

"I'm just trying to soak it in and relive that moment, but there's going to come a time when I gotta start moving on. I'm not going to say I'm not going to watch it again, because I am most likely, but it's starting to get to a point where I got to focus on the Astros."

Video: BOS@OAK: Manaea on pitching the A's 12th no-hitter

Manaea will face the defending World Series champions this weekend in Houston, looking to improve upon a stellar start to the 2018 campaign. He has a 1.23 ERA through five starts.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

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Former A's owner Hofmann passes away

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OAKLAND -- Former Oakland A's owner Ken Hofmann, 95, passed away on Sunday night.

"The Oakland A's are deeply saddened by the news of Ken Hofmann's passing. He will be remembered for his commitment to our community and his passion for the A's. His contributions to our organization are still felt today. We extend our condolences to the Hofmann family, and our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time," said A's President Dave Kaval.

OAKLAND -- Former Oakland A's owner Ken Hofmann, 95, passed away on Sunday night.

"The Oakland A's are deeply saddened by the news of Ken Hofmann's passing. He will be remembered for his commitment to our community and his passion for the A's. His contributions to our organization are still felt today. We extend our condolences to the Hofmann family, and our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time," said A's President Dave Kaval.

Oakland native Hofmann purchased the Athletics franchise with partner Steve Schott on Nov. 1, 1995, and ran the franchise through the 2005 season. Under his ownership, the Athletics won three American League West Division titles (2000, 2002, 2003) and made the playoffs four times (2000-2003). During that four-year postseason stretch, the A's won the second-most games in Major League baseball with 392, an average of 98 wins per season. During his 10 seasons with the club, Oakland won the 3rd-most games in the American League and the 7th-most games in Major League Baseball.

Hofmann is survived by his wife Jean, and their two daughters.

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Khris crushes 3-run homer to lift A's over Boston

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OAKLAND -- Khris Davis wasn't going to let David Price get ahead of him. The A's DH went to the plate in the eighth inning of a tie game and hit a first-pitch three-run homer that carried the Athletics to a 4-1 win over the Boston Red Sox at the Coliseum on Sunday.

"It was first-pitch hacking, that's what happened," Davis said after the A's became the first team this season to hand the Red Sox back-to-back losses. "I think he wanted it a little further in, obviously. It was on the plate, and I was looking to be aggressive and get him early."

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OAKLAND -- Khris Davis wasn't going to let David Price get ahead of him. The A's DH went to the plate in the eighth inning of a tie game and hit a first-pitch three-run homer that carried the Athletics to a 4-1 win over the Boston Red Sox at the Coliseum on Sunday.

"It was first-pitch hacking, that's what happened," Davis said after the A's became the first team this season to hand the Red Sox back-to-back losses. "I think he wanted it a little further in, obviously. It was on the plate, and I was looking to be aggressive and get him early."

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Davis, who also drove in Oakland's first run with an RBI single in the first, and the A's were feeling good about themselves after a 5-1 homestand that included some dominant pitching. From the seventh inning Friday to the seventh inning Sunday, A's pitchers held MLB's highest-scoring team without a run.

Video: BOS@OAK: Davis grounds an RBI single to left

Starter Daniel Mengden, who'd allowed the White Sox one run in eight innings earlier in the week, came back with one run allowed in 6 1/3 innings against Boston, a team averaging 6 1/2 runs per game before the last two days.

"It's special for the starters to be able to come in after the game knowing we did our jobs," Mengden said. "We know we're going to score runs if we give our guys a chance."

Video: BOS@OAK: Mengden allows one run over 6 1/3 frames

Now Oakland, 11-11, has a chance to get over .500 as it heads out on a three-city trip to Texas, Houston and Seattle.

"This is huge -- we've just got to ride the wave out as long as we can," Davis said. "The pitching has been fantastic. Anytime the pitching is on, we want to be putting up runs. We couldn't ask for anything more."

In the wake of Saturday's no-hitter from Sean Manaea, Mengden did what he could to keep the Red Sox's bats at bay. Ahead 1-0 from the first, Mengden threw six shutout innings before Brock Holt's one-out double tied the game and put men on second and third with one out. Yusmeiro Petit, who'd just rejoined the team after almost a week off to visit his ailing mother in Venezuela, pitched out of the jam.

"That was incredible," Mengden said of the job Petit did. "He cleaned up my mess."

Video: BOS@OAK: Petit strikes out Lin to escape jam

Oakland had only one runner in scoring position against Price between the second and seventh innings. But Marcus Semien and Stephen Piscotty singled with one out in the eighth, and after Jed Lowrie struck out, it was up to Davis to deliver his sixth homer and let closer Blake Treinen take it the rest of the way home.

Treinen, who took over one out into the top of the eighth, got two quick outs in the ninth only to come up limping after the second. He'd caught his spikes in the dirt and felt "a little grab" in his knee, but said after about 20 seconds of being checked out, he felt fine.

Video: BOS@OAK: Treinen injured on nice play, stays in

SOUND SMART
Semien, who leads off most of the time against left-handed pitching, scored all three runs Saturday and the first two A's runs Sunday to give him five in a row. And with the A's in the middle of five consecutive games against left-handed starters, he'll be at the top of the lineup again the next three days.

HE SAID IT
"Khris Davis is a three-run homer waiting to happen." -- A's manager Bob Melvin

Video: BOS@OAK: Melvin on handing Red Sox first series loss

UP NEXT
A's DH Davis, who drove in four runs Sunday, will be looking to fatten his offensive numbers during the three-game series vs. the Rangers, which begins Monday at 5:05 p.m. PT. He has eight career homers and a .338 career average at Globe Life Park. The downside is he's never gotten a hit (0-for-6) against Monday starter Matt Moore, who will oppose Oakland starter Trevor Cahill.

John Hickey is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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Manaea enjoys whirlwind no-hitter celebration

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OAKLAND -- Sean Manaea had a decision to make after throwing the season's first no-hitter Saturday night for the A's against the Red Sox.

Did he call his parents first or his girlfriend?

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OAKLAND -- Sean Manaea had a decision to make after throwing the season's first no-hitter Saturday night for the A's against the Red Sox.

Did he call his parents first or his girlfriend?

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"I decided I had to call mom and dad first," the left-hander said Sunday morning, after what proved to be a long Saturday night. "And it turned out my girlfriend was OK with that."

Video: Manaea on his no-hitter against Red Sox

:: Sean Manaea's no-hitter coverage ::

Manaea, who said during the postgame media scrum that he couldn't actually quite believe he'd done it, found that Opal and Sam Manaea had no difficulty in believing. During his FaceTime call, they lit up the screen.

"You couldn't get the smiles off their faces," Manaea said. "Particularly my mom."

The same was true for his girlfriend, Megan Stone, who was, for the day, reasonably detached from all things baseball.

"She was in Rocky Point, Mexico, for the birthday party of one of her girlfriends," Manaea said.

While he was on social media, Manaea came across a tweet from Boston's Hanley Ramirez congratulating Manaea for the performance. Ramirez made the final out Saturday night.

"That was great, because early on, he hit two [homers] off me that haven't landed yet," Manaea said.

Tweet from @HanleyRamirez: Congratulations Sean Manaea, you were really good tonight bro 👍

John Hickey is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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A's Manaea throws no-hitter vs. red-hot Red Sox

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OAKLAND -- Baseball's best was in town, but it didn't matter. A hot-hitting Red Sox squad, winners of eight straight games, would not shake Sean Manaea. Not much can these days.

The A's left-hander has been dealing, dominating with ease, and on Saturday he turned it up a notch, brilliantly orchestrating the seventh no-hitter in Oakland A's history for a momentous 3-0 victory within the confines of the Coliseum.

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OAKLAND -- Baseball's best was in town, but it didn't matter. A hot-hitting Red Sox squad, winners of eight straight games, would not shake Sean Manaea. Not much can these days.

The A's left-hander has been dealing, dominating with ease, and on Saturday he turned it up a notch, brilliantly orchestrating the seventh no-hitter in Oakland A's history for a momentous 3-0 victory within the confines of the Coliseum.

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An infectious smile was plastered on his face following the final out, his teammates clobbering him in celebration. Manaea's work has been superb this season, but never better than it was on this night.

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"Honestly, it still doesn't feel real," Manaea said. "Even after the last out, I couldn't imagine throwing a no-hitter in the big leagues, especially against a team like the Red Sox. It's incredible. I don't even know what to say."

Twice the no-no was in jeopardy -- once because of an error that could have been ruled a hit, once because of a hit that was later ruled an out. But it ultimately stayed intact.

Thus a masterful 108-pitch display spoke volumes about one of the game's burgeoning pitching stars. Manaea has long been regarded as an elite talent, but only now is he coming into his own, healthy and oozing confidence.

Taking the mound against a Red Sox club that was victorious in 17 of its first 19 games and averaging more than six runs per game, he breezed through its big hitters, racking up a career-high-tying 10 strikeouts in the process of scripting history.

Video: BOS@OAK: Manaea discusses throwing first no-hitter

"When you have a no-hitter, it's special, regardless, but probably a little bit more based on the fact that these guys don't lose and have been swinging the bat so well," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "You look up and down the lineup and it seems like everybody is hitting over .330."

Video: BOS@OAK: Manaea strikes out 10 in no-hitter

Manaea walked his first batter, Mookie Betts, and wouldn't issue another until there were two outs in the ninth. That's when a free pass to Andrew Benintendi brought Hanley Ramirez to the plate. The A's bullpen was quickly abuzz, and closer Blake Treinen went to work while Manaea attempted to finish his gem without fuss. He fell behind Ramirez, 2-0, but used his mighty changeup to induce a game-ending ground-ball forceout, secured by second baseman Jed Lowrie.

Video: BOS@OAK: Relive final three outs of Manaea's no-no

It's the 12th no-hitter in A's franchise history and the first since southpaw Dallas Braden, who was on hand to interview Manaea for the postgame broadcast, twirled a perfect game against the Rays on May 9, 2010.

"I told him earlier, look, I've caught a lot of great pitchers in this game, and that was the most well-pitched, well-executed game I've ever had behind the plate," catcher Jonathan Lucroy said.

Video: BOS@OAK: Lucroy on Manaea's historic no-hitter

Following the game's leadoff walk, Manaea retired each of his next 14 hitters in succession. Sandy Leon reached base with two outs in the fifth after shortstop Marcus Semien fumbled a popup, but Manaea -- who at the time believed the error to be a hit -- responded with a strikeout of Jackie Bradley Jr.

Video: BOS@OAK: Leon reaches first on Semien's error

Not until the eighth inning did he realize the no-hitter was still intact.

"I looked and saw that there was still a zero and I was like, whoa, weird," Manaea said. "Coming out for the ninth, my heart was beating out of my chest and I was trying to do everything I could to stay calm and not overdo things."

The Red Sox were temporarily awarded a hit in the sixth inning when Benintendi reached base on an infield single. The umpiring crew huddled and, after a lengthy chat, decided that Benintendi had run out of the baseline, ruling him out and keeping history in play. More >

Video: BOS@OAK: Olson keeps no-no intact with play at first

Manaea maintained his momentum, keeping the Red Sox off-balance with a changeup and a slider that play off his fastball, a mix of three plus pitches that have guided him to a 1.23 ERA. He's allowed one run or fewer in four of his five outings and completed at least seven innings on four occasions, Saturday's outing being the first nine-inning complete game of his career.

Video: Must C Classic: Sean Manaea no-hits the Red Sox

Last year, he posted a 4.37 ERA in 29 games, too often bogged down by the mental game.

"He came into camp trying to prove a point that he's a top-of-the-rotation guy and that the second half of last year didn't sit very well with him," Melvin said. "He's doing things a little differently. We saw when he was really dominating with all the swings-and-misses, throwing 96 mph, and now it's different as far as the velo goes, but the pitch complement is so much better, his location is so much better, and he still has so much deception with his delivery. It's special"

Video: BOS@OAK: Melvin on Manaea's no-hitter, win over Sox

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
A's hitters did their part against a tough customer, becoming the first club this year to score more than one run against Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale, who yielded three in seven innings. Stephen Piscotty and Jed Lowrie notched RBI doubles, and Semien homered and scored all three runs in support of Manaea.

Video: BOS@OAK: Semien homers to left in the 5th

SOUND SMART
The Red Sox at 17-2 (.895) had the best record in MLB history by a team that was no-hit (minimum of five games into a season), according to Elias. The previous record was held by the Giants, who were 18-5 (.783) when they were no-hit by Kevin Millwood on April 27, 2003.

Video: BOS@OAK: Manaea on pitching the A's 12th no-hitter

HE SAID IT
"It comes down to preparation and wanting to do better, wanting to do good. First couple years, I wasn't really doing much to prepare myself. I was just going out there and hoping I would throw a good game and hoping that I would throw strikes.I had to sit down and really figure out some things." -- Manaea

Video: Manaea on when he felt confident about no-hitter

UP NEXT
The A's will cap the homestand with a 1:05 p.m. PT matinee with the Red Sox on Sunday. Right-hander Daniel Mengden will take his turn in the rotation. He is 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA in his last two starts after going 0-2 with a 6.55 ERA in his first two outings. Boston will send lefty David Price (2-1, 2.25 ERA) to the mound.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

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