Tim Lincecum starts September with a victory after going 0-5 with a 7.82 ERA in August

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Tim Lincecum has gone through several rough patches this season, but the wheels came flying off last month as he went 0-5 with a 7.82 ERA in five August starts. He allowed opponents to bat .311 with five homers and a .519 slugging percentage, giving up 33 hits and 13 walks in 25.1 innings while his ERA ballooned from 3.10 to a career-worst 3.80.
Thankfully for the Giants he got back on track last night, racking up nine strikeouts over eight innings of one-run ball in his first September start to out-duel Ubaldo Jimenez in a 2-1 victory. Carlos Gonzalez’s solo homer in the fourth inning accounted for the only damage off Lincecum and there’s no shame in that the way he’s hitting right now.
“I’m going to try to take this momentum into the next series,” Lincecum told Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News. “There are a lot of positives. I was just trying to be aggressive and overall just kind of have a different mentality. Just like, ‘This is a big moment and I’ve got to step up and start off the month well.'”

Sean Manaea pitches the first no-hitter of 2018

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Athletics southpaw Sean Manaea delivered his first career no-hitter against the Red Sox in a decisive 3-0 victory on Saturday night. Any thought of a perfect game was banished in the first at-bat, when Mookie Betts drew a leadoff six-pitch walk to open the first inning. From there, Manaea was nearly flawless, holding the Sox to four total baserunners and striking out 10 of 30 batters faced — a career record.

Manaea was gifted a three-run lead thanks to RBI doubles from Jed Lowrie and Stephen Piscotty and Marcus Semien‘s solo shot off of Chris Sale in the fifth inning. While the Red Sox managed to draw two walks off of Manaea, they didn’t come anywhere close to plating a run. Andrew Benintendi tried to break up the no-no in the sixth inning with an infield hit down the first base line, but strayed out of bounds and later saw his hit reversed on a call of batter interference.

Entering the ninth inning, the 26-year-old lefty was sitting at just 95 pitches through eight frames of no-hit ball. He quickly deposed Blake Swihart and Mookie Betts with a groundout and fly out, then walked Benintendi on seven pitches. Any threat the Red Sox might have posed was soon eliminated, however, as Hanley Ramirez ground into a force out to complete the no-hitter.

Manaea is the first A’s pitcher to toss a no-no since Dallas Braden’s perfect game against the Rays eight years ago. The last time the Red Sox were on the losing end of a no-hitter was also against an AL West rival, when the Mariners’ Chris Bosio clinched a 2-0 no-no on April 22, 1993. Manaea’s feat is even more outstanding given how dominant the Red Sox have looked this season: prior to Saturday’s defeat, they boasted a 17-2 record and had yet to be shut out during the regular season.