Clemens earns win No. 298 vs. Oakland

Posted: Sunday, May 11, 2003

OAKLAND, Calif. Roger Clemens earned his 298th career victory, pitching shutout ball into the seventh inning and leading the New York Yankees over the Oakland Athletics 5-2 Saturday.

Clemens ended his two-game losing streak by giving up one run and six hits in 6 2-3 innings.

The Rocket (5-2) struck out five, leaving him 41 short of reaching 4,000. He walked one.

Clemens, a six-time AL Cy Young winner, won his rematch with Barry Zito, who got the award last year. Zito threw eight sharp innings at Yankee Stadium last Sunday in a 2-0 win.

Red Sox 6, Twins 5

MINNEAPOLIS Manny Ramirez had three hits and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning with smart baserunning as Boston ended Minnesota's five-game winning streak.

Matthew LeCroy homered twice for the Twins.

With the score tied at 4, Boston loaded the bases off Juan Rincon (1-1) with one out in the eighth. Jeremy Giambi hit a short fly ball to center fielder Torii Hunter, who made a strong throw home to keep Ramirez on third.

But when the ball short-hopped catcher A.J. Pierzynski and rolled toward the mound, Ramirez raced home to put Boston ahead. Hunter was charged with an error on the play.

Royals 8, Orioles 4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Rookie Ken Harvey hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning and Kansas City topped Baltimore.

The Royals snapped a four-game losing streak. They had dropped 10 of 14.

Harvey connected off reliever Buddy Groom (1-2) for his fifth home run.

White Sox 4, Mariners 3

SEATTLE Carlos Lee hit a solo home run in the fifth and scored the go-ahead run in the seventh to help Chicago beat Seattle.

Bartolo Colon snapped a three-game losing streak and defeated the Mariners for the first time in almost three years. Colon allowed six hits and two walks, leaving after Edgar Martinez's leadoff single in the ninth.

Blue Jays 7, Angels 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. Vernon Wells hit a tiebreaking two-run homer to trigger a five-run sixth inning and Mark Hendrickson beat Anaheim for the second time in seven days.

Hendrickson (3-4), a former NBA player, allowed two runs and six hits over six innings.

Ramon Ortiz (4-4) pitched 5 1-3 innings and allowed seven runs on eight hits, including Wells' eighth home run and Greg Myers' fourth.

Devil Rays 3, Tigers 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Seth McClung allowed one run in seven innings and Aubrey Huff homered to lead Tampa Bay.

McClung (3-1) gave up five hits, struck out nine and walked two in his third career start.

Indians 6, Rangers 4

ARLINGTON, Texas Cleveland starter C.C. Sabathia beat Texas for the fifth straight time and kept Rangers slugger Rafael Palmeiro from hitting his 500th homer.

Sabathia (2-2) is 5-0 with a 2.48 ERA in five career starts against Texas.

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