BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER
Sean Manaea held Arizona to just two hits over six shutout innings as the A’s sent the dreadful DiamondBacks to their 19th straight road loss 4-0 at the Coliseum Wednesday afternoon.
Manaea (5-2), coming off a complete game shutout against the Mariners in his last start, labored at first, throwing 50 pitches in the first two innings but only allowing singles in the second and sixth innings while walking a pair of batters. His 15 consecutive scoreless innings have lowered his ERA to 3.09, seventh best in the American League. Yusmeiro Petit, Lou Trivino and Jake Diekman each came on to pitch scoreless innings in relief, helping the A’s register their seventh shutout of the season.
Oakland jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second, aided by a contested two-run triple by Mark Canha that gave them their first two runs of the game. D-Backs centerfielder Ketel Marte appeared to make a great catch while slamming into the wall, but dropped the ball after the impact, allowing Tony Kemp and Elvis Andrus to come around and score. After the call was upheld on replay, Jed Lowrie slapped an infield single to score Canha.
“I was getting ready to spike my helmet on the ground,” Canha said. “I felt like that ball should’ve gone out. I saw the ball on the ground and just ran. Tried to act like I saw him drop it and make it seem like the ball was not caught. It was a crazy play. I had no idea when it went to replay what they were going to do.”
As for Manaea’s continued stretch of lights-out pitching, Canha added,”He’s doing a really good job of commanding the fastball and throwing that changeup off of it. Over the course of his career, I’ve noticed he’s gotten so much better at spotting up and hitting both sides of the plate. Fastball command is everything, and he’s doing a really good job of that.”
The A’s now have just over 24 hours to regroup before welcoming Kansas City to the Coliseum for a four game series. Frankie Montas (6-5, 4.52) is scheduled to take the mound tomorrow night at 6:40PM against the Royals Mike Minor (4-3, 4.84) in the opener.
Arizona’s 19th consecutive road loss is tied for the third longest streak in MLB history. The record for is 22, held by the 1963 Mets and the 1943 Philadelphia Athletics.
The win moved Oakland to a season-high 11 games over .500 and maintained their one game lead over Houston in the AL West.
The A’s are now 19-17 at home. Their 36 home games are the most in the majors. Oakland’s 18-9 road record is tied for the second best in baseball.
With two runs scored Wednesday, Canha passed Ronald Acuna Jr. for the major league lead. Canha’s total now stands at 49.