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New Houston 'Rocket' goes to 3-0

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2004

HOUSTON Roger Clemens looked as dominant as ever Sunday in pitching the Houston Astros to a 6-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Clemens (3-0) struck out seven in seven innings, giving up just one run and four hits to lead the Astros to their seventh win in eight games.

The Rocket also helped break the game open with his RBI single in the fourth, putting the Astros up 3-1. It was the second RBI of his career.

Jason Lane followed with a double, and Adam Everett had a two-run triple to give Houston a 5-1 lead.

Chris Capuano (1-2) gave up one run and two hits in two innings before leaving with a quadriceps strain.

Dodgers 7, Giants 6

SAN FRANCISCO Barry Bonds homered twice and drove in five runs, but it wasn't enough for San Francisco to avoid a three-game sweep.

Adrian Beltre, Juan Encarnacion and David Ross homered in a four-pitch span in the fifth inning off Brett Tomko (0-1) to lead the Dodgers to their first sweep in San Francisco since April 2000.

With Bonds on deck and a runner on first in the ninth, Eric Gagne fanned Marquis Grissom for his fifth save and record 68th straight since Aug. 28, 2002.

Reds 11, Cubs 10, 10 inn.

CHICAGO Sammy Sosa homered twice and passed Ernie Banks for the Cubs' career record, but Juan Castro hit a two-run triple in the 10th to send Cincinnati to a wild win.

Todd Jones (1-0) pitched 2 1-3 innings for the win and Danny Graves earned his sixth save.

Padres 6, Diamondbacks 5

SAN DIEGO Ryan Klesko hit a three-run homer off Matt Mantei in the ninth inning, giving San Diego its second straight one-run win against Arizona.

Mantei (0-2) relieved to start the inning with a 5-3 lead, faced four batters and didn't get any out.

Braves 3, Marlins 2, 10 inn.

ATLANTA Andruw Jones scored all the way from first in the 10th when Miguel Cabrera lost a fly ball in the sun, and Atlanta completed a three-game sweep of Florida.

Jones, who homered in the sixth, drew a two-out walk from Matt Perisho (2-1) and came home on Cabrera's miscue.

Antonio Alfonseca (2-0) pitched a scoreless 10th for Atlanta.

Rockies 8, Cardinals 5

ST. LOUIS Todd Helton homered for the third straight game and Jason Jennings stopped another Colorado losing streak.

With the bases loaded in the ninth inning, St. Louis slugger Albert Pujols hit a long drive that was caught at the right-field wall for the final out.

Phillies 5, Expos 4

PHILADELPHIA Doug Glanville homered leading off the ninth inning to give Philadelphia its fourth straight win in its new ballpark.

Billy Wagner (1-0), who saved Philadelphia's previous three games, pitched a scoreless ninth for the win.

Pirates 8, Mets 1

NEW YORK Craig Wilson drove in two runs with a homer and a single, and Pittsburgh completed its first three-game sweep at Shea Stadium since June 24-26, 1994.

Wilson hit his fourth home run of the season in the fourth inning and drove in another run in the fifth as the Pirates broke the game open with five runs against Jae Seo (0-2).

Kris Benson (2-0) won for the second time in a week, allowing six hits in seven innings. He also sacrificed four times, tying a major league record achieved six times previously, just twice since 1920.



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