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OAKLAND, Calif. — Sean Manaea glanced to second base, his no-hit bid gone, and made eye contact with Mike Brosseau.
“I gave him a little bit facet eye, like after all it was you,” Manaea stated.
Sure, Manaea’s outdated highschool pal and teammate delivered the double main off the eighth inning for Tampa Bay to interrupt up the lefty’s quest for a second profession no-hitter, then Seth Brown hit a game-ending homer because the Oakland Athletics beat the Rays 2-1 on Friday evening.
“It was undoubtedly one thing there, a little bit smirk, a little bit forwards and backwards,” Brosseau stated. “I might hope to assume if there was a man to interrupt it up he would need it to be me.”
Manaea fell wanting pitching baseball’s second no-hitter of the evening after comply with fellow lefty Wade Miley’s gem for Cincinnati at Cleveland.
Manaea and Brosseau had been teammates at Andrean Excessive in Merrillville, Indiana. They usually get collectively for workforce reunions every offseason.
“That is simply the way it works out. It is loopy. I am unable to even put it in phrases that he was the man to get a success, however he smoked it so good for him,” Manaea stated. “… I’ve the utmost respect for him.”
Brown’s pinch-hit RBI single broke up a scoreless sport within the backside of the seventh then Tampa Bay chased Manaea.
Brown delivered once more dealing with Jeffrey Springs (2-1).
Jake Diekman (2-0) recorded two outs within the ninth for the win.
Mike Zunino got here by with tying single after Brosseau’s hit. Then, after Kevin Kiermaier’s known as third stirke, Manaea gave solution to reliever Yusemeiro Petit.
Manaea, who threw a no-hitter April 21, 2018, in opposition to Boston, fist pumped after his strikeouts — 10 in all to match his profession excessive — and did a little bit stroll off the mound to collect himself between batters. He allowed simply these two hits and the stroll whereas throwing 81 pitches over 7 1/3 innings.
The 29-year-old Manaea didn’t permit a baserunner till Randy Arozarena drew a leadoff stroll within the seventh, when proper fielder Stephen Piscotty later made an incredible catch on the warning observe on Brandon Lowe’s sharp flyball.
The search by Manaea got here two years to the day after teammate Mike Fiers pitched his second profession no-hitter in opposition to the Reds in Oakland — and on Mom’s Day 11 years in the past A’s left-hander Dallas Braden by an ideal sport in opposition to Tampa Bay right here at dwelling.
Manaea dazzled in a pitcher’s duel with Wealthy Hill, who didn’t permit a run in six innings in opposition to his former membership earlier than the A’s received to Andrew Kittredge.
“Starters won’t have their finest command immediately. Each these guys appeared to,” A’s supervisor Bob Melvin stated. “As the sport went alongside it felt like the primary workforce that scored may need a fairly good probability to win. It ended up a little bit bit extra dramatic on the finish. Sean ended up giving up a pair hits however we have seen him actually good at occasions, together with the no-hitter and I feel it is in all probability the identical stuff he had tonight as he did when he threw the no-hitter — possibly even a little bit higher early on.”
For the soft-spoken lefty, ending this one may need helped ease the sting of dropping the 2019 AL wild card sport to the Rays of their final go to to the Oakland Coliseum.
He has grown from that have, noting, “That second is all the time going to be with me.”
The toughest hit ball early got here on Manuel Margot’s groundout to 3rd within the fourth inning that traveled at 92 mph.
“Let’s go, Manaea!” followers among the many crowd of 5,058 yelled.
This win actually got here at a great time for the defending AL West champion A’s after they had been outscored 19-8 over their closing two video games by Toronto.
The Rays had been coming off a four-game sweep of the Angels and had their profitable streak snapped at 5, which matched their season-best unbeaten run.
Hill went 9-3 in 14 begins for the A’s in 2016 earlier than being dealt to the Dodgers on the commerce deadline.
Oakland confronted a sixth straight left-handed starter and noticed a southpaw for the eighth time in 9 video games and eleventh in 14.
This marked the fifth of seven conferences between the golf equipment in a two-week span after they cut up a four-game set in Tampa final week.
Rays: C Francisco Mejía was scratched due to discomfort in his left facet but it surely wasn’t thought-about severe. “We anticipate proper now it is going to be a really minor factor,” supervisor Kevin Money stated beforehand.
Athletics: OF Chad Pinder (sprained left knee) ran the bases amongst his on-field baseball work and nonetheless may go on a rehab task as quickly as this weekend. … Ramón Laureano received a break from enjoying heart subject to be the designated hitter.
RHP Tyler Glasnow (4-1, 2.06 ERA) pitches for Tampa Bay reverse Oakland righty Frankie Montas (3-2, 5.87).
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