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 Posted: Sun Apr 16th, 2017 05:57 am
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Sean Manaea won't get to claim a share of a no-hitter thanks to his bullpen, but his bid for a no-no was certainly one for the books.

Manaea was pulled by Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin after facing four batters to open the sixth inning and allowing two runs to score - despite the fact he hadn't allowed a hit to that point. After walking the bases loaded to open the sixth, two errors on the same play - shortstop Adam Rosales whiffed trying to catch Carlos Correa's line drive, then Jaff Decker overran the ball in center field - allowed both runs to score, ending Manaea's day.

Although the two runs scored as a result of the errors, one of them was charged to Manaea as an earned run because it reached base via a walk. Thus, the 25-year-old exited with a truly bizarre stat line beside his name: five innings, no hits, and two runs - one earned - to go along with six strikeouts and five walks.

Right-hander Ryan Dull replaced Manaea on the mound and loaded the bases again with another walk, but kept the combined no-hitter intact by getting pinch-hitter Marwin Gonzalez to ground into a double play. But that would be as far as the Athletics' attempt to finish what would have been the franchise's second combined no-hitter would get, as Astros outfielder Nori Aoki broke up the bid with a single off Liam Hendriks to lead off the seventh inning.

Since 1913, only three times has at least one earned run been allowed in an official nine-inning no-hitter. One of those instances was the famous combined no-hit loss thrown by Baltimore's Steve Barber and Stu Miller on April 30, 1967, while Minnesota's Dean Chance (1967) and Joe Cowley of the White Sox (1986) both allowed one earned run in their no-nos.

The A's franchise has 11 no-hitters since 1901, but none since Dallas Braden's perfect game in 2010.