Boston defies Rocket

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2003

NEW YORK The Boston Red Sox made Roger Clemens get rid of his lucky glove, then took away his best chance at becoming the only pitcher to win his 300th game in Yankees pinstripes.

Clemens' first bid at the milestone victory became a bust Monday when Boston banged him around, winning 8-4 and sending New York to its eighth straight home loss.

Clemens slowly trudged off the mound, his head down the whole way, after Todd Walker's single chased him in the sixth inning. Now, he'll have to wait until next Sunday in Detroit and the following weekend at Wrigley Field, if necessary in road gray to try to join 20 other pitchers with 300 career victories.

But bad omens surrounded Clemens, even before his first fastball.

The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 42 minutes by rain, and Clemens' routine was further disrupted right after his final warmup. That's when Red Sox manager Grady Little walked out to complain about Clemens' glove.

The Rocket was wearing a new glove with a shiny ''300'' patch on the back of it, and plate umpire Bill Miller agreed with Little that it was not within regulations. Clemens had to toss aside that mitt while another one was brought from the dugout.

Clemens (6-3) threw 133 pitches his highest total in more than two years. Still, he remained winless in his last nine starts at Yankee Stadium.

New York lost its season-high fifth in a row.

Nomar Garciaparra extended his hitting streak to 26 games and Walker drove in three runs as Boston increased its AL East lead over the Yankees to 2 1/2 games. Tim Wakefield (5-2) got the win.

Walker's two-out, two-run single chased Clemens after 5 2-3 innings, and he gave up 10 hits and eight runs.

Tigers 6, Indians 5

DETROIT Brandon Inge hit a tiebreaking homer off Jason Boyd (0-1) with two outs in the seventh inning, and Detroit beat Cleveland for only its fourth victory at home this season.

Dmitri Young homered and drove in four runs for the Tigers, who won for the fourth time in five games overall and improved to 4-17 at Comerica Park.

Blue Jays 11, White Sox 5

TORONTO Carlos Delgado hit a two-run single in a five-run sixth inning and Toronto won its fifth straight.

Chris Woodward and Josh Phelps homered for the Blue Jays, who returned home from an 8-2 road trip and handed struggling lefty Mark Buehrle (2-8) his seventh consecutive loss.

National League

Reds 7, Braves 6

ATLANTA Pinch-hitter Adam Dunn came through with a grand slam in the 11th inning, leading the Cincinnati Reds past the Atlanta Braves 7-6 Monday to snap a four-game losing streak.

It was Dunn's 18th homer this season, most in the majors.

Pirates 10, Cubs 0

CHICAGO Josh Fogg outpitched Kerry Wood, and Pittsburgh broke open a tight game with nine runs in the eighth inning.

Jeff Reboulet and pinch-hitter Randall Simon each hit a two-run single in the big inning, and Cubs pitchers walked in three runs.

Rockies 12, Giants 7

DENVER Charles Johnson and Preston Wilson each hit a three-run homer, and Colorado rallied from an early five-run deficit to beat San Francisco.

Ronnie Belliard went 4-for-5 and scored three runs for Colorado, which took three of four from the defending NL champions. Wilson had three of the Rockies' 18 hits.

Cardinals 10, Astros 5

ST. LOUIS Woody Williams became the second seven-game winner in the National League and Scott Rolen was 3-for-3 with three RBIs for St. Louis.

J.D. Drew hit a three-run homer, Mike Matheny was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and Tino Martinez homered as part of a 14-hit outburst. The Cardinals have won three of four and began a 14-game homestand, their longest of the season.

Marlins 5, Expos 1

MIAMI Brian Banks and Juan Encarnacion each hit a two-run homer, and Carl Pavano threw his second career complete game as Florida won its fourth in a row.

Diamondbacks 8, Padres 4

PHOENIX David Dellucci homered and was hit by a pitch from Jesse Orosco to bring home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning for Arizona.

Rookie Andrew Good (1-1) allowed three runs and six hits over seven innings for his first major league victory, striking out seven and walking none. Luis Gonzalez homered and drove in three runs, and Dellucci had three hits.

The Diamondbacks who got consecutive home runs from Gonzalez and Dellucci off Adam Eaton in the third inning took three of four from San Diego to complete a 5-5 homestand.

The Padres finished their road trip 1-6 and have lost 11 of 12 overall.

Eaton (1-4) hit his second home run of the season and doubled but fell to 0-3 in his last four starts.



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