OAKLAND — The long ball didn’t bite Sean Manaea on Saturday night against the Orioles.
But in a nightmarish first inning, the A’s left-hander was chewed up anyway, allowing six runs before leaving with just one out, and Oakland never recovered in a 12-5 loss.
Manaea had surrendered six home runs in his previous four starts, his toughest stretch of the season. Manager Bob Melvin said beforehand he wasn’t concerned.
“He’ll work though it,” Melvin said. “He’s been so consistent for us that every time he struggles it puts a spotlight on him. But we feel good every time he goes out there.”
No one could have felt good about this one. Manaea faced seven batters and every one of them reached base. Tim Beckham walked to open the game, then six straight Baltimore players hit safely — three singles, three doubles — and every one of the hits was a rope.
The only out Manaea recorded came when the A’s threw out a runner at the plate. The club’s winningest pitcher with eight victories was gone after the shortest outing among his 46 career starts. He has allowed 20 earned runs in his past 19 1/3 innings.
Melvin brought in right-hander Michael Brady and the Orioles wound up scoring seven runs — the A’s biggest first-inning deficit since a 7-0 hole against the Astros on June 3, 2016.
Brady, recalled from Triple-A on Friday, pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs, striking out five and hitting two batters.
The A’s actually began chipping away at the Baltimore lead in the bottom of the first when Khris Davis slugged a two-run home run, his 32nd of the season. Davis has 74 homers over the…
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