ARLINGTON — One of A’s manager Bob Melvin’s goals for his club in the second half of the season has been to play better within the division. Against the Texas Rangers, they’ve been nothing short of dominant.
The A’s defeated the Rangers 4-1 on Thursday night at Globe Life Park to earn their seventh straight victory against Texas and improve their overall record to 10-6 against the club.
Sean Manaea was hoping for one more start to end his season on a good note. Back issues put that chance in jeopardy as he was scratched him from his scheduled start last week, but after receiving a cortisone shot a few days ago, the left-hander felt much better and ended his year in an impressive fashion.
Manaea allowed just an unearned run on three hits in 6 2/3 innings of work to pick up his 12th win of the year. It was the ninth time in the past 13 games an A’s starter has allowed one earned run or less.
Manaea did have some control issues. He walked three batters and hitting another two with pitches on the night, two of those walks and one of those hit batters came in the seventh to load the bases and forcing Melvin to go to the bullpen. On the hook for all three runners with two outs, Manaea was saved by Liam Hendriks, who got Elvis Andrus to fly out to right field and end the inning with the 3-1 lead still intact.
Rookie Matt Chapman backed Manaea’s strong performance with a couple of RBIs. He crushed his 14th home run of the season, a solo shot to center in the fifth off a 0-1 pitch from Miguel Gonzalez, and drove home Khris Davis in the ninth on a single to center.
After Texas tied it up in the fifth, Ryon Healy put the A’s back on top in the very next inning with a single that drove home both Davis and Jed Lowrie.
Blake Treinen allowed a couple of runners to reach base in the ninth, but he managed to strand both to convert his 11th consecutive save opportunity and 15th overall save on the season.
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