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Strange night for Sean Manaea in A’s loss; Khris Davis, Vogt homer

SEATTLE — Sean Manaea’s beginning Monday at Safeco Field was a little disconcerting, considering he was making his first start off the disabled list after missing nearly three weeks with shoulder tightness. Manaea walked four batters in the first, including two with the bases loaded, and he needed 38 pitches to get through the inning. Manaea threw 58 pitches in the first two innings, 30 in his final three innings, a strong recovery — some consolation for the last-place A’s as they lost their fourth game in a row and dropped a season-high six games below .500 at 16-22. “He was one more hitter from coming out in the first inning, looked a little rusty,” manager Bob Melvin said. Seattle starter Yovani Gallardo retired the first 11 batters, but in the fourth, Khris Davis put together a whale of an at-bat, fouling off six pitches before blasting the 12th pitch over the wall in center. Stephen Vogt homered in the A’s opener, but had gone homerless over his next 26 games, a career high. In the fifth, he stepped up with Trevor Plouffe at first and parked a curveball into the seats in right for home run No. 2. Adam Rosales, who entered the game as a pinch-runner in the eighth, struck out looking at a pitch on the outside corner to end the game.

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