OAKLAND -- The A's rallied behind Sean Manaea to snap their season-high four-game losing streak, mounting a four-run sixth inning that propelled them to 6-4 victory over the Angels on Saturday afternoon at the Coliseum.The win featured solo homers from Chad Pinder and Marcus Semien -- the sixth for each
OAKLAND -- The A's rallied behind Sean Manaea to snap their season-high four-game losing streak, mounting a four-run sixth inning that propelled them to 6-4 victory over the Angels on Saturday afternoon at the Coliseum.
The win featured solo homers from Chad Pinder and Marcus Semien -- the sixth for each this season -- and allowed the A's to put a six-game losing streak against American League West competition to rest.
"We needed that," said Stephen Piscotty, who delivered the go-ahead hit in the sixth. "Dropped four straight, and teams all throughout baseball go through this, and it's just a matter of how you battle back. We haven't lost any confidence, any faith, we've just got to keep going. We've got a good team."
Pinder reached base in all four plate appearances, scoring three runs and falling a double short of the cycle.
Manaea, who didn't allow a baserunner through his first four innings, earned a win for the first time since May 14, stringing together six strong innings, his lone blemish a three-run homer to Chris Young in the fifth.
The lefty has pitched to a 3.38 ERA this month. Following a disastrous May, he's looking more like the hurler who earned AL Pitcher of the Month honors in April.
"The season, there's ebbs and flows, and when you have that kind of an April and you don't follow it up, it kind of stays in there," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "You kind of doubt yourself a little bit. But all it takes for a guy of his caliber and talent level is to get a good outing or two under his belt and then he's back to pitching confidently, and when he's confident he usually pitches games like that."
"I would say I'm a little more calm in gathering my thoughts and not just thinking about the very, very little things that I can't be worried about during games," Manaea said.
Trailing 3-1 entering the sixth, the A's got a leadoff homer from Semien to knock lefty John Lamb -- making his first big league start since July 16, 2016 -- out of the game. Right-hander Noe Ramirez stumbled out of the gate, hitting two batters and walking another to load the bases with one out. Pinch-hitter Dustin Fowler struck out, but Jonathan Lucroy kept the rally alive with a game-tying walk, setting the stage for Piscotty's go-ahead, two-run single.
"You want to come through, but you've got to shrink the zone there and not expand, and know that the pressure's on him in that situation," said Piscotty, who is 10-for-29 on the homestand. "Just curb the excitement and the adrenaline and really shrink the zone and see something in the middle of the plate."
"One bad pitch, now we're down by two runs," Melvin said, "and it's feeling like one of those games where we're not taking advantage of what we can do offensively, going through a little rut, and then we got contributions from everybody. Our at-bats, like we've seen in the past, got better as the game went along."
Jed Lowrie's RBI single extended the A's lead in the seventh, and closer Blake Treinen held the Halos to one run in a wobbly ninth inning to pick up his 15th save, stranding two.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Treinen walked each of his first two batters, throwing 11 of his first 16 pitches for balls in his first outing in six days. The right-hander found himself in a full count against Martin Maldonado, who ran into a fly ball for the first out. Treinen struck out his next batter, Young, and surrendered an RBI single to pinch-hitter Jose Miguel Fernandez before inducing a game-ending grounder off the bat of Luis Valbuena.
Treinen has converted each of his last 12 save opportunities for a total of 15 on the year and is carrying a 1.13 ERA as he continues his All-Star bid.
"The double-edged sword with a guy like him is you want to make sure you use him in games that you need him," Melvin said, "and certain times during the season when you use him a lot, he needs breaks, but how long is too long for a break? And maybe this time was a little bit too long. It's different when you get the adrenaline going into a game, and I'm glad he was able to lock it down after that."
The A's are the only team in the Majors that has not lost a game when leading after seven innings, improving to 26-0 after Saturday.
HE SAID IT
"He gives great at-bats, and his versatility is huge, based on guys that might need a day, or the DL or whatever. He's filled in really nicely. It's not easy to do, to have three days off, and then all of a sudden you're playing. It's a tough routine, and he's handled it better than most guys I've seen." -- Piscotty, on Pinder
MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
Semien made a nice backhand stop in the hole on a David Fletcher ground ball and fired to first for the final out of the third inning -- just barely. The Angels, thinking Fletcher may have beaten the throw, challenged the ruling, but upon further review the call would stand, allowing Manaea to get through his first three innings without allowing a hit.
Right-hander Daniel Mengden, 0-2 with a 12.46 ERA in two June starts, will look to get back on track in a start against the Angels on Sunday afternoon. Los Angeles will counter with left-hander Andrew Heaney (3-5, 3.68) in the 1:05 p.m. PT series finale at the Coliseum.
Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB.