Yankees' Clemens picks up ninth victory

Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2001

DETROIT -- Roger Clemens became the AL's first nine-game winner, and Alfonso Soriano scored three runs and drove in four as the New York Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers 10-1 Monday night.

Bernie Williams capped New York's five-run fourth with a two-run homer. Williams, who was 2-for-5, has 15 hits in 30 at-bats.

Clemens (9-1) won his fifth consecutive start, allowing an unearned run and seven hits. He struck out six during his seven-inning stint that gave the weary Yankees bullpen a rest.

Tigers ace Jeff Weaver (6-7) was replaced after five innings, marking the first time he's gone fewer than six innings in 15 starts.

Orioles 3, Blue Jays 2

BALTIMORE -- Brian Roberts tripled and scored the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning, and fellow rookie Jay Gibbons hit his second homer in two games as Baltimore beat Toronto.

David Segui had two hits and drove in a run for the Orioles, who moved past Toronto into third place in the AL East.

Sidney Ponson (4-4) gave up two runs in the first, then threw six straight scoreless innings. He struck out five and walked one.

Chuck McElroy pitched a perfect eighth and Mike Trombley got three outs for his fifth save.

Pedro Bourbon (1-3) took the loss.

White Sox 5, Royals 4

CHICAGO -- Magglio Ordonez homered for the sixth time in seven games, and Mark Buehrle won his fifth straight start as Chicago beat Kansas City.

Jeff Liefer hit a two-run shot for the White Sox, who despite getting swept over the weekend at St. Louis, have won 17 of 23.

Buehrle (6-3) allowed three runs and nine hits in seven innings. He hasn't lost in 10 starts. Keith Foulke pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 15 chances.

Chad Durbin (4-6) allowed five runs and seven hits in 2 2-3 innings.

Athletics 4, Mariners 3

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Seattle lost consecutive games for the first time in a month as Frank Menechino drove in a pair of runs to lead Oakland.

The Mariners, who own the majors' best record at 52-16, had not dropped two straight since May 18-19 to the New York Yankees. Seattle has four two-game losing streaks and none longer.

Barry Zito (4-6) ended his five-game losing skid and snapped the Athletics four-game losing streak by allowing three runs in seven innings.

Jason Isringhausen pitched the ninth for his 13th save in 17 opportunities.

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