Cory Lidle keeps throwing shutouts and surprising almost everybody.
Lidle ran his scoreless innings streak to 31 with his second one-hitter in just more than a month, pitching the Oakland Athletics past the Cleveland Indians 6-0 Wednesday night for their eighth straight victory.
"You can't expect a guy to put zeros on the board all year," Oakland manager Art Howe said. "But that's what he's done."
With Barry Zito, Mark Mulder and Tim Hudson at the top of the rotation, the A's are accustomed to getting great pitching. But Lidle's run of dominance has come out of nowhere.
He went 1-6 in his first 13 starts and was nearly traded before last month's deadline. Now, he's leading the way for one of the best staffs in baseball.
Lidle (7-9) gave up only a two-out single in the first inning to Ellis Burks. After walking Jim Thome, the right-hander retired his last 25 batters.
"He pretty much had us where he wanted us," Cleveland's Matt Lawton said. "He got two strikes on us and his forkball was unhittable. That's the best I've ever seen him throw."
In other AL games, it was: Anaheim 5, New York 1 in 11 innings; Seattle 8, Detroit 2; Boston 5, Texas 3; Chicago 10, Minnesota 1; Baltimore 2, Tampa Bay 1; and Kansas City 7, Toronto 4.
For the Milwaukee Brewers, it rains indoors.
Water poured through Miller Park's roof Wednesday night, spilling onto fans and the field during the Brewers' 13-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.
"It wasn't just leaking," Phillies first baseman Travis Lee said. "It was pouring."
The fifth-inning deluge sent fans sitting behind home plate looking for cover -- or the umbrellas they brought with them. An inning later, as the storm passed, they returned to their seats.
"For a while, it got really bad," Milwaukee starter Ben Sheets said. "We had a little delay. It was coming down everywhere it looked like. It was blowing on the mound."
In other games, it was San Francisco 3, New York 1; Atlanta 6, San Diego 3; Arizona 11, Cincinnati 3; Montreal 13, Colorado 5; Los Angeles 4, Florida 3, in 10 innings; St. Louis 4, Pittsburgh 1; and Houston 4, Chicago Cubs 0.
It was not the first time fans at the $400 million ballpark have gotten a surprise shower.
During the Home Run Derby a day before the All-Star game, a driving rain penetrated the panels of the fan-shaped roof.
"It's obviously very disappointing and troublesome to us to have that kind of water in the park," said Scott Jenkins, vice president of stadium operations. "The (stadium board) district is committed to finding ways to improve the situation. We don't know what that is yet. It's obviously unacceptable."
The Phillies chased Sheets in the sixth as they pushed the lead to 7-3 on Jimmy Rollins' RBI single and Bobby Abreu's two-run double.
Pat Burrell hit an RBI single in the eighth. The Phillies tacked on five more runs in the ninth, highlighted by Abreu's two-run homer and Rollins' two-run double.
Kirk Rueter pitched five-hit ball for eight shutout innings as San Francisco sent New York to its 10th straight loss.
Kevin Millwood held the Padres to three runs and six hits in eight innings as Atlanta won at San Diego.
Gary Sheffield drove in five runs on two homers and a double against his former team. Sheffield, who was with San Diego from 1992 until being traded to Florida on June 24, 1993, went 3-for-3 and walked twice.
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