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OAKLAND — Left-hander Sean Manaea, in just his second start after a year on the shelf following shoulder surgery, struck out 10 batters and allowed just one run in seven innings Sunday as the A’s beat the Detroit Tigers 3-1 in front of 24,550 at the Oakland Coliseum.
Manaea didn’t allow a hit through five innings before Christin Stewart homered on a 3-2 pitch to open the sixth. Manaea allowed just two hits, equaling his career-high for strikeouts and threw 96 pitches.
Manaea, who had surgery on his pitching shoulder last September, made his return last Sunday at Yankee Stadium and pitched five shutout innings. In 12 innings, he has surrendered one run on three hits with 15 strikeouts.
On the heels of Chris Bassitt fanning 11 Detroit batters on Saturday, the A’s assembled back-to-back 10-strikeout games for the first time since Vida Blue and Catfish Hunter did it in 1971.
The A’s (84-59) are now a season-high 25 games over .500. They remain in the No. 2 wild-card spot, one game behind Tampa Bay and 1 1/2 ahead of Cleveland.
Oakland begins a seven-game road trip Monday with the first of four against the Houston Astros.
The A’s took a 1-0 lead in the first when Marcus Semien doubled, went to third on Matt Chapman fly out to right and scored on Mark Canha’s slow grounder to third.
Singles by Canha and Chad Pinder set up Khris Davis’ two-run double off the center-field fence in the fourth inning. Davis, who barely missed a home run, came to the plate just 2 for 21 since coming off maternity leave a week earlier.