MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Their winning streak stopped at 20 games, the Oakland Athletics still have the AL West race to worry about.
Shut out by Brad Radke, the A's fell short of matching the second-longest winning streak in baseball history with a 6-0 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Friday night in a Metrodome filled with fans waving Homer Hankies.
They also saw their division lead over Anaheim shrink to two games.
"It's amazing -- 20 games in a row and we still haven't really pulled away," said Scott Hatteberg, who had two hits in Oakland's first game since his ninth-inning, pinch-hit homer made up for a blown 11-0 lead and gave the A's a 12-11 victory over Kansas City.
"Our streak's really overshadowed the way they've played," Hatteberg said of Anaheim, which beat Baltimore 6-3 for its eighth straight win. "But it hasn't surprised us."
After playing the Twins twice more, the A's play 11 straight against the Angels and Seattle -- their two pursuers in the AL West.
"They're not going away," said Cory Lidle, who lost for the first time since July 30.
The Chicago Cubs of 1880 and 1935 both won 21 straight, and the 1916 New York Giants own the major league record of 26 wins in a row. The A's had set the AL mark for consecutive victories since their last loss, 2-1 to Toronto on Aug. 12.
"Obviously, it wasn't going go on forever," Lidle said. "It's quiet in here right now, but I think everyone's excited about what we've done."
The Twins were just as impressed.
"To win 20 games in a row, I don't know too many high school teams that do that," said Corey Koskie, who went 3-for-3 with a homer and an RBI double. "To do that at the major league level is an amazing feat."
The crowd was only 27,409, but it was loud. Fans began chanting "Streak is over!" in the eighth after Torii Hunter scored on Mike Fyhrie's wild pitch to put the Twins up 6-0.
Those white handkerchiefs had rarely been seen since Twins fans cheered their team on to the 1991 World Series championship, but they gave the game a bit of an October feel to it.
This could be a preview of the playoffs, too, because these teams would meet in the AL division series if the season ended now.
"We played tough games against them in Oakland and had two good chances to end it," catcher A.J. Pierzynski said, "but it wasn't meant to be. Tonight Brad threw a shutout, and that's sometimes what you have to do to end it."
Radke (7-4) pitched a six-hitter, striking out five and walking one in his best and longest outing since returning from a groin injury that cost him two months.
Radke, who posted his first shutout of the season and the seventh of his career, pitched for the first time this season like the staff ace he's been over the past five years.
The A's loaded the bases in the first inning but failed to score. They threatened again in the third, and Eric Chavez hit a changeup that missed landing in the upper deck for a three-run homer by a few feet.
Radke then got Chavez to chase a low-and-outside pitch for his second strikeout and went on to retire 15 of the next 16 batters.
"It took a few starts to get back," Radke said. "The mental thing was harder than anything, to go out there and not think about hurting it again."
Lidle (8-10), named the AL's Pitcher of the Month for August after he went 5-0 in six starts with an eye-popping 0.19 ERA, gave up eight hits and five were for extra bases.
He completed 6 2-3 innings, allowing five runs and no walks while striking out five.
Micah Bowie relieved and gave up an RBI double to Cristian Guzman that made it 5-0.
"They played a great game," Lidle said. "Chavez almost hit that home run, and they made some plays after that, and I knew the momentum was going their way."
Notes: Oakland swept a closely contested three-game series from Minnesota last weekend, but the other 17 wins on the streak were against five teams -- Toronto, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit and Kansas City -- that entered Friday a combined 102 games under .500. ... Chavez stretched his hitting streak to 13 games with a first-inning single. ... Koskie is 7-for-17 in his last six games. ... Terry Steinbach, a three-time All-Star catcher who played his entire career for Oakland and Minnesota, filled in for Bert Blyleven as the color man on the Twins' TV broadcast. ... The A's have the AL's second-best road record, 42-27, and the Twins' 46-24 mark at home is the league's best.
ab r h bi ab r h bi
Drham dh 4 0 0 0 JJones lf 4 2 2 1
Httberg 1b 4 0 2 0 CGzmn ss 4 0 1 2
Tejada ss 4 0 2 0 Koskie 3b 3 1 3 2
EChavz 3b 4 0 2 0 DOrtiz dh 4 0 0 0
Dye rf 3 0 0 0 THnter cf 4 1 1 0
Justice lf 4 0 0 0 Mntkw 1b 4 0 0 0
MEllis 2b 3 0 0 0 Cddyer rf 4 0 0 0
Long cf 3 0 0 0 Przyns c 4 1 2 0
RaHrdz c 2 0 0 0 Rivas 2b 3 1 1 0
GMyrs c 1 0 0 0
Totals 32 0 6 0 Totals 34 6 10 5
Oakland 000 000 000 -- 0
Minnesota 101 001 21x -- 6
DP--Minnesota 1. LOB--Oakland 6, Minnesota 5. 2B--Hatteberg (20), EChavez (30), JJones (33), CGuzman (26), Koskie (34), THunter (33), Pierzynski (28). 3B--Rivas (3). HR--Koskie (11).
IP H R ER BB SO
Lidle L,8-10 6 2-3 8 5 5 0 5
Bowie 1-3 1 0 0 0 1
Fyhrie 1 1 1 1 0 0
Radke W,7-4 9 6 0 0 1 5
HBP--by Bowie (Koskie). WP--Fyhrie.
Umpires--Home, Eric Cooper; First, Mike Reilly; Second, Jerry Meals; Third, Jeff Kellogg.
T--2:48. A--27,409 (48,678).
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