OAKLAND -- Athletics rookie left-hander Sean Manaea earned his first Major League win by holding the Rangers to one run in 6 2/3 innings in a 3-1 victory at the Coliseum on Monday night.Marcus Semien's seventh-inning home run also helped the Athletics win for the third time in four games."It's
OAKLAND -- Athletics rookie left-hander Sean Manaea earned his first Major League win by holding the Rangers to one run in 6 2/3 innings in a 3-1 victory at the Coliseum on Monday night.
Marcus Semien's seventh-inning home run also helped the Athletics win for the third time in four games.
"It's a dream come true," Manaea said. "Getting that first one, that's huge. I'm really glad I got to do it at home. My body felt a lot better. I just had that good feeling of being able to locate my fastball and having that changeup, too."
Manaea was making his fourth Major League start and had allowed eight runs over 2 2/3 innings in his previous outing against the Red Sox. This time he allowed four hits, walked one and struck out three over 95 pitches.
"He threw the ball pretty well," Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus said. "We hadn't faced him before. He was pretty good, especially with his changeup. He was able to keep us off-balance." More >
Rangers starter Derek Holland pitched the way he did in April when he had a 2.48 ERA. Holland, who had allowed 16 runs over five innings in his previous two starts, allowed just two runs in six innings against the Athletics. He allowed just three hits but a walk and a hit batter cost him in a two-run, 39-pitch fourth inning.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Walk it out: The free-swinging A's showed some patience during their two-run fourth inning. Most notably was Danny Valencia's walk to load the bases after falling behind in the count 0-2. Valencia's walk set the stage for Khris Davis' sacrifice fly and Billy Butler's two-out RBI single.
Holland can't find strikeout pitch: Derek Holland struck out just one batter in six innings. He allowed two runs in the fourth when in a stretch of five hitters, he allowed a hit batter, single, walk, sacrifice fly and single. He had two strikes on all five batters. In that stretch, the Athletics fouled off nine two-strike pitches.
"I was just one pitch away," Holland said. "I kept trying to make my pitches and not give in." More >
Nice play, kid: Manaea pitched well but also showed some nifty glove work after the Rangers' first two batters reached base in the seventh. Ryan Rua followed with a high chopper that Manaea had to jump to snare near the mound. He quickly turned and threw to first to just get Rua for the first out. Adrian Beltre took third and scored on the a sacrifice fly but Texas failed to score again in the inning.
Semien takes Jackson deep: Rangers pitcher Luke Jackson was called up from Triple-A on Monday and was asked to pitch the seventh inning in a 2-1 game. Jackson retired the first two batters faced but then gave up a home run to Semien on a 1-2 fastball.
"Two strikes was the challenge for us tonight," manager Jeff Banister said.
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The A's have not had a starting pitcher last more than seven innings in 77 consecutive games dating to last season, tying the longest streak in Oakland history. Manager Bob Melvin's ballclub is the lone team in the Majors this season to not have a starter pitch more than seven innings in a game.
Rangers: Left-hander Cole Hamels pitches for the Rangers at 9:05 p.m. CT on Tuesday against the Athletics at the Coliseum. Hamels has won 11 straight decisions going back to last season..
A's: Right-hander Jesse Hahn will be called up from the Minors to make his third start of the season. Hahn, who is replacing scheduled starter Eric Surkamp, is winless in two career starts against Texas..
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*T.R. Sullivan * has covered the Rangers since 1989 and for MLB.com since 2006.
Michael Wagaman is a contributor for MLB.com based in Oakland.