Williams' third win vs. A's one for the books

Veteran righty beats Oakland for third time with third different club this year

Williams' third win vs. A's one for the books

OAKLAND -- Jerome Williams made baseball history on Saturday -- albeit in bizarre fashion -- as he became the first pitcher ever to earn three wins against the same team in one season as a member of three different clubs.

Williams beat the A's on April 26 with the Astros, on July 25 with the Rangers, and on Saturday with the Phillies, throwing seven scoreless innings in a 3-0 victory.

"That is crazy," Williams said. "For one, you would never think that you would face the same team. Obviously I was with the AL West so I knew I was going to face them, but coming over to the Phillies in Interleague Play, you didn't think you were going to face the team again. It's a good feat."

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg was already impressed with Williams' ability to simply pitch for three teams in one season.

"That's one thing," Sandberg said, "and then to beat a team three times, that's pretty ironic."

Adding to the irony is the fact that the first two wins of Williams' career came against Oakland -- in 2003, as a member of the Giants.

Now with his seventh team, Williams is still putting up zeros. He has not allowed an earned run in 14 2/3 innings over his last two starts, and he is 4-2 with a 2.45 ERA in eight outings since joining the Phillies.

Aaron Leibowitz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.