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A's 3, Red Sox 0: Sean Manaea no-hits best offense in baseball

Rob Bradford
April 21, 2018 - 11:24 pm

When the Red Sox lose, they sure make it memorable.

The first defeat came via an Opening Day, eighth-inning collapse. Then there was the bench-clearing brawl game on April 11 that almost seemed more like a win that what it was, the Sox' second loss of the season. And then came Saturday night in Oakland.

For the first time in 24 years and 364 days, the Red Sox were no-hit, with the A's Sean Manaea earning the honor in his team's 3-0 win over the best offense in baseball. (For a complete recap, click here.)

Manaea managed the feat against a team that came into the night averaging an MLB-best 10.6 hits per game, really not allowing Alex Cora's many legitimate chances at all. He needed 108 pitches, striking out 10 and walking two

The game wasn't without a couple of controversial calls.

The first coming with two outs in the fifth inning when Sandy Leon lofted a pop-up to shallow center field. A's shortstop Marcus Semien ranged out, attempting to reach out with his back to home plate. With his two outfielders nearby, Semien dropped the ball while extending his arm. The ruling was an error.

Then, in in the seventh inning, it appeared as though Andrew Benintendi broke up the no-hitter with a slow roller down the first base line, clearly avoiding the tag from first baseman Matt Olson. But after a conference between the umpires it was ruled that Benintendi had stepped out of the baseline.

Manaea came into the game with a career 13.50 ERA against the Red Sox in three starts, having given up seven runs on 11 hits in his last meeting with Boston.

The last time the Red Sox were no-hit came when Chris Bosio did it in Seattle for the Mariners on April 22, 1993.

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