Jerome Williams dominated the slumping Athletics on Saturday afternoon, tossing seven shutout innings to lower his ERA with the Phillies to 2.45 over eight starts. The Royals lost to the Tigers earlier and the Mariners are just underway against the Astros, to the Athletics maintain a narrow 0.5-game lead for the first of two AL Wild Card spots.
Williams’ win was a baseball first in an odd way. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Williams became the first pitcher to beat the same team three times in a season, each with a different team. Williams won against the Athletics as a member of the Astros on April 26, and defeated them again as a member of the Rangers on July 25.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers and pitcher Jordan Lyles have agreed to a contract. ESPN’s Jeff Passan provided the details, reporting that it is a two-year, $16 million deal.
Lyles, 29, split last season between the Pirates and Brewers, performing much better with the latter. Overall, he compiled a 4.15 ERA with a 146 strikeouts and 55 walks across 141 innings. It was a return to full-time starting for Lyles, who had performed mostly as a reliever from 2016-18.
The Rangers also inked Kyle Gibson to a three-year, $30 million contract last week. Gibson and Lyles will join a rotation that also includes Mike Minor and Lance Lynn as well as youngster Kolby Allard.