Manaea, slumbering bats lead A’s to much needed win over Padres


The A’s recorded their first win in ten days Saturday afternoon behind a solid start from Sean Manaea and 11 hits from an offense that provided a much needed shot in the arm during an 8-4 win over the San Diego Padres at the Coliseum.

Coming into the game off a stretch where they’ve lost three in a row and had six games postponed due to protests or Covid precautions, the win enabled Oakland to extend their lead to 3.5 games in the AL West over the second place Astros as a result of Houston getting swept in a doubleheader by the Angels in Anaheim.

Sean Manaea delivers a pitch during the A’s 8-4 win over the Padres Saturday afternoon. Manaea had one of his best performances of the season, only allowing one run on four hits while striking out five in five innings on the mound.

Manaea (3-2, 5.09) kept the explosive San Diego bats in check for five innings, allowing a run on four hits while striking out five.

After being shut out on just four hits last night, Oakland jumped on San Diego starter Chris Paddick (3-4, 4.75) for a pair of runs in each of the first two innings to take a 4-0 lead.

Matt Olson’s first triple of the year drove in Tommy LaStella and Mark Canha to open the scoring.
In the second, an RBI single by Jonah Heim and an RBI double by Tommy LaStella helped pad the lead.

A three-run sixth highlighted by a two-run homer by Ramon Laureano extended the A’s lead to 8-1.

San Diego would close the gap with a pair of runs in the eighth including a solo home run by Austin Nola, and a RBI sacrifice fly by Manny Machado in the ninth, but Liam Hendriks was able to minimize the damage and send the Padres down to just their fifth loss in their last 18 games.

The two teams will be back at for the rubber game of the three-game series at 1:05pm Sunday with Garrett Richards (1-2, 4.63) taking the ball for the Padres while Mike Fiers (4-1, 4.86) will be on the mound for the A’s.

About Daniel Gluskoter

Daniel Gluskoter is the Martinez Tribune's national music and sports editor and a Bay Area photojournalist who's work has been featured in Rolling Stone, Time Magazine and Sports Illustrated. He covered the 2008 Presidential campaign as a correspondent for United Press International and has travelled worldwide covering events ranging from numerous Super Bowls and Olympics to Live Aid and the Grammys.

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