OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Cory Lidle pitched the best game of his career on a night when his career seemed to be in jeopardy.
Lidle threw a one-hitter, allowing only Juan Gonzalez's leadoff double in the eighth inning, as the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 10-0 Friday night.
After winning just once in his previous 12 starts during a slump that tested his team's patience, Lidle (3-8) was nothing short of masterful. With a wicked sinker and an expertly placed fastball, he got within six outs of the 11th no-hitter in franchise history.
"I had a feeling I was going to do it," Lidle said. "Everything was working tonight. I was throwing everything for strikes, and my sinker was really good. (A no-hitter) crossed my mind in the third inning. I thought I had a decent chance."
Lidle is the rumpled, blue-collar fourth starter in an Oakland rotation that sometimes seems only big enough for three -- the powerful Big Three of Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder and Barry Zito.
Lidle won a career-best 13 games last season as the fourth wheel, but he had struggled this summer. He doesn't have Mulder's heat, Zito's curve or Hudson's control, but he showcased his own formidable talents in his second career complete game.
"He had a real good sinker, and he got lots of ground ball outs," Oakland manager Art Howe said. "He was throwing his breaking balls for strikes. That's quite an achievement."
Lidle faced the minimum 21 batters through seven innings and finished with his first major league shutout, striking out six and sending Texas to its season-high seventh straight loss.
Lidle did it all while wearing the bright yellow jersey and lime-green cap of the 1972 A's, who are being honored at the Coliseum this weekend for winning the first of Oakland's three straight championships.
"I was thinking about my old high school days (at South Hills in Southern California)," Lidle said. "We had uniforms like that. Bright yellow and bright green go well together."
After Lidle began the game by walking Frank Catalanotto on seven pitches, Michael Young grounded back to the mound for a double play. Lidle then began to mow down the Rangers, allowing only three balls to reach his outfielders before the eighth.
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