Sean Manaea followed up his no-hitter with seven solid innings, three Athletics homered and Oakland beat the Houston Astros 8-1 on Friday night for their fifth win in six games.
Manaea (4-2) no-hit Boston last Saturday and didn’t allow a hit Friday until the fourth inning. He gave up one unearned run on four hits and a walk and struck out seven.
Houston starter Dallas Keuchel (1-4) retired his first 13 batters before Matt Chapman hit a one-out homer in the fifth into the first row of the Crawford Boxes in left field to tie it 1-1.
Athletics: LHP Ryan Buchter was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a shoulder strain. Oakland recalled LHP Danny Coulombe from Triple A Nashville to take Buchter’s spot on the roster. … Oakland reinstated RHP Yusmeiro Petit from the bereavement list.
Athletics: RHP Daniel Mengden (2-2) looks for his third straight win Saturday. He is 0-2 with a 6.33 ERA in four career starts against Houston.
Astros: RHP Lance McCullers (3-1) starts Saturday looking for his third straight win. McCullers allowed one run over six innings Sunday against the White Sox.
Gates, 37, is the career leader in receiving touchdowns by an NFL tight end (114). He and quarterback Philip Rivers have connected on 87 touchdowns during their time together with the Chargers, the most in league history for a quarterback-tight end tandem.
Rivers, who joined the team the year after Gates arrived, said two weeks ago that they had communicated through text messages about Gates’ future.
“Shoot, I’ve been not only locker mates but spent a lot of time with Antonio over the last 14 seasons,” Rivers said. “Great player. Great person. We all know our friendship. You’d love for him to get one more shot to be with us and go make a run at it. … If it were not to work out, and if he were to decide to hang it up, who knows? He’s had a heck of a run. He has nothing left to prove, that’s for sure.”
An eight-time Pro Bowl selection, Gates signed as an undrafted free agent out of Kent State in 2003. He is the Chargers’ franchise leader in receptions (927), receiving yards (11,508) and touchdown catches, surpassing the output of Hall of Famers Lance Alworth, Charlie Joiner and Kellen Winslow.
Gates posted 100-plus receiving yards in 21 games throughout his career, making him one of just seven tight ends in NFL history with 20-plus games of at least 100 receiving yards.