Clemens shuts down Marlins

Posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2005

MIAMI — Roger Clemens allowed four hits in seven shutout innings to win for the first time since April 8, and the Houston Astros broke an 11-game road losing streak by beating the Florida Marlins 2-1 Monday night

Orlando Palmeiro, who entered with one RBI, drove in both runs with a scratch single and sacrifice fly.

Houston has scored 11 runs in seven starts by Clemens (2-1). The Astros, 2-14 on the road, had lost 16-0 loss Sunday at Atlanta, their sixth consecutive defeat overall.

Clemens moved ahead of Steve Carlton into sole possession of ninth place with his 330th win.

Phillies 4, Brewers 2

MILWAUKEE — Chase Utley homered twice, and Jason Michaels and Bobby Abreu also went deep.

Randy Wolf (2-4) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings, snapping his three-game losing streak and winning on the road for the first time since July 17 at Shea Stadium.

Padres 6, Reds 5

CINCINNATI — Ryan Klesko homered to start another ninth-inning comeback against Cincinnati's beleaguered bullpen, and Dave Roberts had a run-scoring single in the 13th off Matt Belisle (1-3) after Xavier Nady doubled.

Cardinals 4, Dodgers 2

ST. LOUIS — Albert Pujols drove in four runs with two homers off Odalis Perez (4-3), giving him four long balls against the left-hander in only 12 at-bats.

Mark Mulder (5-1) tied his career best with 12 strikeouts, allowing one run and three hits over seven innings to win his fifth straight start.

Giants 2, Pirates 1

SAN FRANCISCO — Brett Tomko outpitched Mark Redman for the second time in 10 days and Omar Vizquel hit an RBI double to give him an 11-game hitting streak, leading the Giants over the Pirates.

Tomko (3-4) pitched his second complete game in three starts, retiring the final 21 batters he faced to finish with a six-hitter in a game that was over in 1 hour, 49 minutes — the Giants' fastest game since a 1:43 game at Philadelphia on May 2, 1981.

Nationals 4, Diamondbacks 3

PHOENIX — Nick Johnson drove in two runs with a homer and tiebreaking double, and the Nationals beat the Diamondbacks for the 10th consecutive time.

Ryan Church had a home run and a double for Washington and Livan Hernandez (5-2) worked seven innings to win his fourth straight game for the first time in three years.

Mets 7, Cubs 4

CHICAGO — Doug Mientkiewicz hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning off recently demoted LaTroy Hawkins, leading the Mets over the Cubs in a game that was delayed twice by rain.

Mientkiewicz's one-out homer made a winner of Mike DeJean (2-1) and gave the Mets their fifth win in six games. He added an RBI single in the ninth off Ryan Dempster, who replaced Hawkins as the Cubs' closer.

Hawkins (1-4) lost for the third time in his last three appearances. After Hawkins suffered back-to-back losses on Thursday and Friday, manager Dusty Baker decided Dempster would be the closer, at least until Joe Borowski returns from the disabled list.

Rockies 7, Braves 6

DENVER — Todd Helton hit a pair of run-scoring doubles, and relievers Jose Acevedo, Brian Fuentes and Chin-Hui Tsao combined for 3 2-3 scoreless innings, with Tsao pitching the ninth for his third save.

Brad Hawpe had a two-run single in the fourth off Tim Hudson (3-2) to give Colorado a 7-6 lead.

Jamey Wright (2-2) allowed 10 hits, four walks and six runs over 5 1-3 innings to get his first win at Coors Field this season and help stop Atlanta's five-game winning streak.

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