Clemens fails to accomplish win No. 300 again

Posted: Sunday, June 08, 2003

CHICAGO Strike three for Roger Clemens.

The Rocket remained stuck on career victory No. 299 Saturday, watching his bullpen blow his lead with its very first pitch and delay his entry into one of baseball's most exclusive fraternities.

Kerry Wood pitched a gem and substitute Eric Karros hit a three-run homer to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 5-2 victory over the New York Yankees.

Karros was in the game only after a scary collision in the fourth inning sent Cubs first baseman Hee Seop Choi to the hospital. Choi was in fair condition with a concussion.

The traveling road show that's become Clemens' pursuit of 300 now goes right back to where it started May 26 Yankee Stadium. Clemens (6-4) will face St. Louis on Friday night, trying to become the 21st pitcher and first since Nolan Ryan in 1990 with 300 victories.

Clemens lost to Boston in his first bid, then blew a six-run lead at Detroit.

In just his fifth career start, Wood matched Clemens' 20-strikeout record. Clemens has done it twice.

And Wood (5-4) brought that same nasty stuff with him Saturday, getting his 50th career victory and first win since April 29. He gave up just one run and three hits in 7 2-3 innings and struck out 11.

Wood didn't allow a hit through 4 2-3 innings until Hideki Matsui homered to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the fifth.

The Cubs put two runners on against Clemens in the seventh and he was lifted by manager Joe Torre after only 84 pitches. Karros connected on Juan Acevedo's first pitch, giving Chicago a 3-1 lead and prolonging Clemens' date with history.

Giants 7, Tigers 5

SAN FRANCISCO Barry Bonds hit one of San Francisco's four home runs and Jason Schmidt pitched seven strong innings.

Andres Galarraga, Jose Cruz Jr. and Marquis Grissom also homered for the Giants, who improved to 8-3 on their season-long 12-game homestand. They wrap it up Sunday with a chance to sweep the struggling Tigers.

Bonds' two-run homer in the eighth gave him 628 for his career and 15 this season. The 41-year-old Galarraga connected two batters later for his fourth homer of the year and career shot No. 390.

Detroit starter Mike Maroth (1-11) gave up two runs and six hits in six innings.

Schmidt (5-2) allowed one run and six hits, striking out eight.

Orioles 8, Cardinals 1

ST. LOUIS Deivi Cruz homered twice and Sidney Ponson pitched his second complete game in three starts, leading Baltimore past St. Louis.

Melvin Mora and Jeff Conine also homered for Baltimore, which snapped a four-game skid and ended the Cardinals' five-game winning streak.

The former city rivals wore old-style jerseys with the Orioles donning St. Louis Browns uniforms to commemorate the only all-St. Louis World Series in 1944. The Browns left to become the Baltimore Orioles after the 1953 season.

Ponson (8-3) allowed seven hits, struck out eight and walked two for his 20th career complete game and second this season. The right-hander has won seven of his last eight starts, including his last four.

St. Louis starter Garrett Stephenson (3-5) gave up five runs on seven hits, including the four homers, in 5 2-3 innings.

Diamondbacks 5, Indians 3

PHOENIX Shea Hillenbrand hit a two-run triple in the fifth inning, rallying Arizona to a win over Cleveland and former teammate Brian Anderson.

Junior Spivey gave the Diamondbacks, who trailed 3-0, a 5-3 lead with an RBI double off Terry Mulholland in the seventh.

Stephen Randolph (1-0) allowed three walks but no hits or runs in two innings of relief. Andrew Good pitched two scoreless innings.

Jose Valverde struck out the side in the ninth for his second save.

Anderson (3-6), who pitched five seasons for the Diamondbacks before his contract expired in the offseason, gave up four runs on eight hits in 4 2-3 innings.

The Indians lost for the fourth time in five interleague games.

Royals 13, Rockies 11, 1st game

Royals 9, Rockies 5, 2nd game

DENVER Mike Sweeney hit a two-run double and Aaron Guiel had a career-high four hits in the second game as Kansas City completed its first doubleheader sweep on the road in 12 years.

Sweeney hit a grand slam in the opener as the Royals built a 12-1 lead, then withstood a late Colorado comeback. He finished with four hits and six RBIs on the day.

Carlos Beltran had a two-run homer and three RBIs in the nightcap. The Royals had 30 hits in the two games for their first doubleheader sweep away from home since Aug. 13, 1991, at Yankee Stadium.

Jason Gilfillan (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning in the second game for his first career win. Veteran reliever Todd Jones (1-3), making the first start of his big league career, took the loss.

Todd Helton hit a three-run homer for the Rockies in the opener and finished the day with six RBIs. Larry Walker also homered, and Charles Johnson had a grand slam.

Colorado starter Shawn Chacon (8-3) gave up a franchise-record 12 runs in 3 2-3 innings. The Rockies had won four straight and eight in a row at home.

Chris George (6-4) earned the win despite allowing six runs in the fifth. Mike MacDougal got his 14th save in 18 chances.

Angels 9, Marlins 2

MIAMI Garret Anderson homered for the sixth time in five games and Aaron Sele won his second consecutive start for Anaheim.

Anderson, who had three home runs against Montreal on Wednesday, hit a three-run shot in the fourth inning off Tommy Phelps (2-1).

Sele (3-3) had his best performance of the season in his sixth start. He pitched seven innings his longest outing of the year and allowed two runs on four hits. He did not walk a batter and even singled in the seventh.

Scott Spiezio added a two-run triple in the ninth. Troy Percival, just off the disabled list, worked a hitless ninth.

Expos 5, Rangers 4

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Brad Wilkerson took advantage of the short fences at Hiram Bithorn Stadium with two homers as Montreal dealt Texas its eighth straight loss.

Jose Vidro also homered for Montreal, a legitimate shot off the advertisements beyond the right-field bleachers, as the Expos won their third straight game.

Claudio Vargas (3-2) pitched in and out of trouble, but was touched for four unearned runs in the second and nothing else in five innings.

Montreal's worn-down bullpen did the rest, finishing with four scoreless innings. Luis Ayala pitched the ninth for his first career save.

The game lacked some of the star attraction with Alex Rodriguez out of Texas' starting lineup with a bruised left knee and Vladimir Guerrero on Montreal's disabled list with a bad back.

Wilkerson broke a tie with his second solo homer of the game, in the fifth inning against Brian Shouse (0-1).

Chan Ho Park, making his first start since April 27 because of a bad back, only lasted two innings.

Red Sox 11, Brewers 10

MILWAUKEE Trot Nixon and Jason Varitek hit consecutive homers off Mike DeJean (2-4) in the ninth inning, and Boston rallied to beat Milwaukee.

Pinch-hitter Kevin Millar had a grand slam for the Red Sox, who lost starter Casey Fossum to a sore shoulder after one inning but came back from a pair of six-run deficits.

Boston won for only the fourth time in 12 games and moved within a half-game of the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East.

Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz and pinch-hitter Bill Mueller also homered as the Red Sox capped their biggest comeback win in 2 1/2 years. They have won 10 times when trailing after six innings, but had been 0-24 when behind after eight.

Brandon Lyon (2-2) worked two scoreless innings for the victory. Mike Timlin got three outs for his first save since July 19, 2001, with St. Louis.

Geoff Jenkins hit a two-run homer for the Brewers, who were looking for their first five-game winning streak in more than two years.

Reds 9, Blue Jays 8

CINCINNATI Jason LaRue tied it with a three-run homer and Sean Casey hit an RBI single as Cincinnati again rallied in the ninth inning, beating Toronto.

Cincinnati trailed 8-5 going into the ninth, but came back against Cliff Politte (1-4).

Of the Reds' 30 wins this season, 16 have come in their last at-bat. And this was their eighth walkoff win eight different players have gotten those winning RBIs.

Chris Reitsma (5-2) got the victory.

Adam Dunn hit his major league-leading 20th home run. Ken Griffey Jr. returned to the Reds' lineup after missing two games because of a virus, and put down his first sacrifice bunt since Sept. 22, 2001.

Carlos Delgado hit his AL-leading 19th home run for the Blue Jays.

Astros 5, Devil Rays 4

HOUSTON Jeff Kent and Richard Hidalgo hit solo home runs in the eighth inning, rallying Houston over Tampa Bay for its sixth straight victory.

The Devil Rays lost their third in a row. On Friday night, they overcame a 7-0 lead before falling 11-8.

Kent tied it with his 10th home run, connecting with one out off Al Levine (2-3). Hidalgo hit his eighth homer with two outs off Levine.

Kirk Saarloos (2-0) pitched a scoreless eighth. Billy Wagner got his 18th save in 19 chances and tied Dave Smith for the franchise lead in career saves with 199.

Lance Berkman hit the longest home run in Minute Maid Park history, a three-run drive estimated at 464 feet.

Braves 8, Pirates 6

ATLANTA Javy Lopez hit a solo home run leading off the eighth inning, his second of the game, and Atlanta rallied to beat Pittsburgh in the only NL game of the day.

Gary Sheffield, Andruw Jones and Chipper Jones also connected for the Braves, who lead the NL with 94 home runs. Andruw Jones hit the 200th homer of his career.

Atlanta won its fourth in a row, and the Pirates lost for the fourth time in five games.

Lopez hit the first pitch from Brian Boehringer (3-2) to left-center for a 7-6 lead. Lopez has 16 homers this season after hitting just 11 all of last year.

Roberto Hernandez (5-2) pitched a scoreless eighth, and John Smoltz came on in the ninth for his 23rd save in 24 chances.

White Sox 4, Dodgers 1

LOS ANGELES Bartolo Colon pitched a four-hitter, and Frank Thomas and Joe Crede hit home runs as Chicago beat Los Angeles.

After Brian Jordan singled to lead off the second, Colon (6-5) retired 19 straight before Adrian Beltre reached on left fielder Carlos Lee's error with two outs in the eighth.

Colon struck out five in his fifth complete game of the season for the White Sox, who have won just two of eight games.

Andy Ashby (0-4), in his second start of the season, allowed two runs in three innings before giving way to Wilson Alvarez.

Twins 6, Padres 2

SAN DIEGO Jacque Jones hit two home runs, including the 20th of his career to lead off a game, as Minnesota topped San Diego.

Jones, who holds the team record for leadoff homers, hit his fourth of the season off Carlton Loewer (1-2). He added a solo shot his eighth of the season in the third, also off Loewer.

Jones, who grew up in San Diego, is 4-for-8 with four RBIs in two games in the Twins' first interleague series against the Padres.

A.J. Pierzynski had two hits and three RBIs for the Twins, who have won three straight.

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