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Detroit's fifth-inning rally spoils Clemens' run at history

Posted: Monday, June 02, 2003

DETROIT The Rocket misfired again.

Roger Clemens remained one victory shy of career No. 300 when the Detroit Tigers, of all teams, rallied from six runs down Sunday to spoil history.

The Yankees salvaged something, however, as Alfonso Soriano and Jorge Posada homered off Steve Sparks (0-2) in the 17th inning to give New York a 10-9 win.

Clemens' chase of 300 will continue next weekend in Chicago.

He is scheduled to start Saturday at Wrigley Field against Kerry Wood. The Yankees haven't played the Cubs there since the 1938 World Series, and Clemens has never pitched in a game inside Wrigley's ivy-covered walls.

The 40-year-old lasted six innings against Detroit, leaving with an 8-6 lead and needing just nine outs from his bullpen to become the 21st pitcher with 300 wins.

But the Tigers, baseball's worst team this season, came back from a 7-1 deficit by scoring five runs off Clemens and the Yankees' shaky infield in the fifth. Detroit then tied it in the seventh while the six-time Cy Young award winner watched helplessly.

Clemens, who lost to Boston on May 26 in his first crack at No. 300, finished with a no-decision before a disappointed Comerica Park record crowd of 44,095.

David Wells (7-2) pitched 5 2-3 innings for New York in his first relief appearance in nearly 10 years.

Blue Jays 11, Red Sox 8

TORONTO Roy Halladay won his seventh straight start and Toronto rallied from a 6-0 deficit to complete a three-game sweep of Boston.

Frank Catalanotto went 3-for-4 and matched a career high with four runs for the Blue Jays, who also swept a four-game series in New York last weekend and have won nine of 11 overall.

The Blue Jays are six games over .500 (32-26) for the first time since May 8, 2001. They had 19 hits and pulled within a half-game of Boston for second place in the AL East.

Mariners 9, Twins 5

MINNEAPOLIS Edgar Martinez homered and had four hits, and Seattle scored six times in the first inning to finish a four-game sweep of Minnesota.

Bret Boone hit his 15th home run for the Mariners, who roughed up Kenny Rogers and have won six straight overall. Freddy Garcia (5-6) went seven innings for the win.

The first seven Seattle batters reached base on six singles and a big-hop triple by Greg Colbrunn off the turf as the Mariners set a team record for consecutive hits to start a game.

Athletics 6, Royals 4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Ramon Hernandez and Terrence Long hit RBI singles in the eighth inning as Oakland beat Kansas City.

Eric Byrnes extended his hitting streak to 22 games by leading off the game with a home run. Eric Chavez hit a two-run homer for the Athletics, who have won 14 of their last 17 games at Kansas City.

Chad Bradford (3-3) got the win despite giving up a tying single to Joe Randa in the seventh. Keith Foulke pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 16 chances.

Rick DeHart (0-1) took the loss.

The Royals roughed up Barry Zito in the first inning. He got only one out while giving up three hits and three runs, then retired 19 of the next 21 batters.

Angels 9, Devil Rays 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Jeff DaVanon homered twice and drove in four runs as Anaheim beat Tampa Bay.

The World Series champions took three of four in the series and are 27-27 overall. Aaron Sele improved to 7-0 lifetime against Tampa Bay.

Toby Hall went 4-for-4 with a two-run homer for the Devil Rays, who have lost nine of 12.

DaVanon, filling in for a resting David Eckstein as the leadoff batter, hit solo homers in third and fifth innings off Carlos Reyes (0-2) and a two-run single in the sixth. DaVanon had a career-high four hits in five at-bats.

Sele (2-3) allowed two runs and seven hits in five innings.

Indians 5, White Sox 4, 10 innings

CLEVELAND Jody Gerut blooped a bases-loaded, pinch-hit single off the glove of shortstop Jose Valentin with two outs in the 10th inning, giving Cleveland a win over Chicago.

The Indians won their season-high fourth in a row.

Omar Vizquel opened the 10th with a single against Billy Koch (1-2), stole second and scored the winning run.

Jason Boyd (1-1) pitched a perfect 10th for his first win since May 12, 2002, with San Diego.

White Sox starter Mark Buehrle remained winless in 10 starts since April 10. He left with a 4-1 lead after 6 1-3 innings. D'Angelo Jimenez homered for Chicago.

Orioles 5, Rangers 4

BALTIMORE Jeff Conine singled in the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning after a costly throwing error by Hank Blalock, lifting Baltimore past Texas.

Down 4-3, Baltimore put runners at first and second with two outs in the eighth against Francisco Cordero (2-5).

B.J. Surhoff then hit a smash down the third-base line that Blalock dived for and gloved, but his throw to first was wild, allowing Deivi Cruz to score the tying run.

Conine followed with a single to left, his second RBI of the game.

Sidney Ponson (7-3) allowed four runs and seven hits in eight innings, and Jorge Julio earned his 14th save.

Baltimore won three of four from the Rangers and went over .500 (28-27) for the first time since May 9. The Orioles have won nine of 11.

Melvin Mora homered for Baltimore, extending his career-best hitting streak to 14 games.

Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run shot that put Texas ahead in the seventh.



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