OAKLAND, Calif. (CBS SF/AP) — Thanks to an outstanding six-inning pitching performance from Sean Manaea, Oakland Athletics handed Arizona its 19th straight road loss with a 4-0 victory over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
Mark Canha had two hits and two RBIs for Oakland, and Jed Lowrie finished with three hits. The AL West leaders won for the sixth time in seven games.READ MORE: 2 Arrests Made In Pittsburg Shooting That Killed 19-Year-Old Antioch Man
The Diamondbacks dropped their seventh straight game overall. Their road slide is the longest such streak in major league baseball since 1985.
Manaea (5-2) extended his scoreless streak to 15 innings. He struck out three and walked two in his second straight win.
“He pitched great,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “They made him throw a few pitches, the first couple of innings especially, but I was really impressed with how he kept his velo up all the way through the end of the game. In the last inning, I think he threw his hardest pitch.”
Added Manaea: “I’d say my changeup was pretty good today. I threw a couple of good sliders, not as many as I would like as far as strikeout pitches, but I think backdoor sliders were pretty good today.”
Oakland jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Canha hit a two-run triple and scored on Lowrie’s single.
Arizona center fielder Ketel Marte nearly made a spectacular catch on Canha’s hit, but the ball bounced out of his glove following a collision with the wall. The ruling was upheld by a replay review.READ MORE: Hundreds Of Local Child Care Providers March For Higher Wages
“I had the ball for about three or four seconds, also three or four steps,” Marte said through a translator. “That’s why I think it should have been called an out.”
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo disagreed, giving the umpires credit for the proper call.
“I could see that the ball was never secured in his glove and it was kind of sliding out at a very early point in that contact with the wall,” Lovullo said. “So the umpires got it right.”
Arizona right-hander Matt Peacock left with two out in the second after taking a comebacker off his pitching hand, resulting in a contusion. X-rays were negative.
Peacock (2-3) was charged with three runs and three hits.
The A’s added an insurance run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Matt Olson, who leads the team with 41 RBIs.
After Manaea departed, Yusmeiro Petit, Lou Trivino and Jake Diekman each worked a hitless inning for Oakland.MORE NEWS: Gilroy Police Investigate Fatal Shooting on Monterey Street
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