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Tuesday, May 17, 2016 • POSTED BY:  Admin


Tuesday, May 17, 2016 • POSTED BY:  Admin

By T.R. Sullivan and Michael Wagaman / | 2:09 AM ET

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." 

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.

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.