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Clemens denied coveted no-hitter

Posted: Thursday, June 19, 2003

NEW YORK Five days after winning his 300th game, Roger Clemens almost made even more baseball history.

The Rocket took a no-hit bid through 7 1-3 innings coming tantalizingly close to the only thing missing from his Hall of Fame pitching resume but was long gone by the time the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 1-0 Wednesday night on Alfonso Soriano's 12th-inning single.

Marlon Anderson lined an opposite-field single to left on a 3-2 pitch for the only hit off Clemens, who was lifted after eight innings and 116 pitches.

Indians 4, Tigers 1

DETROIT Jason Davis came within one out of his first career shutout and Ben Broussard's seventh-inning double broke a scoreless tie as Cleveland beat Detroit.

The Tigers have lost 11 of 12.

Blue Jays 6, Orioles 2

BALTIMORE Roy Halladay allowed two runs over seven innings to win his 10th straight start as Toronto beat Baltimore.

Halladay (10-2) gave up six hits, struck out five and walked none. The right-hander is the first Toronto pitcher to win 10 starts in a row, and the first Blue Jay to win 10 straight decisions since Roger Clemens had a 15-game run in 1998.

Rookie Aquilino Lopez worked the final two innings to earn his first career save.

Royals 8, Twins 6

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Carlos Beltran had three hits and two RBIs and Michael Tucker also drove in two runs, leading the Kansas City Royals.

The resurgent Royals, who have won eight of 11 after a 4-15 stretch, moved to within one game of the first-place Twins in the AL Central.

Minnesota has lost five in a row, including the first three games of this four-game series with Kansas City.

Rick Reed (3-7), who came off the 15-day disabled list to make his first start since May 31, was roughed up for nine hits and seven runs in 3 2-3 innings.

White Sox 3, Red Sox 1

CHICAGO Esteban Loaiza won his 10th game and Brian Daubach hit an RBI double against his former team as the Chicago White Sox beat the Boston Red Sox.

Loaiza (10-2) gave up six hits and one run in eight innings, while striking out six and walking one.

Loaiza has already topped his win total of nine from last season and is just one win short of his career best set in 1997 with Pittsburgh.

Mariners 2, Angels 0

SEATTLE Freddy Garcia threw eight scoreless innings to win his fifth straight start and Mike Cameron had an RBI double for Seattle.

The Mariners, who have won eight of their last 11 games, posted their ninth shutout, best in the majors.

Garcia (8-6) has rebounded from a rocky stretch where he lost three straight starts. He saw his ERA climb to 5.90 after a loss to Kansas City on May 21. Since then, he's gone 5-0 with a 1.88 ERA.

Athletics 4, Rangers 3

OAKLAND, Calif. Scott Hatteberg singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning and also sacrificed in the tying run as the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 4-3 on Wednesday night.

Hatteberg hit a soft single to shallow center against Robert Dickey (3-3) with two outs in the 11th as the A's won their fifth straight game, their longest streak since a season-best six consecutive victories from April 24-30.

Hatteberg, a career .335 hitter against Texas, is batting .548 with 12 RBIs in eight games against the Rangers this season. Texas fell to 2-13 in June and has lost 15 of 17, including 11 straight on the road.

Keith Foulke (4-0) pitched the 10th and 11th for the win, while Dickey lost it in 2-3 innings pitched.

Chris Singleton led off the A's half of the 11th with a single to break an 0-for-13 slump before Billy McMillon hit into a double play. Mark Ellis singled and Eric Byrnes walked to bring up Hatteberg, whose hit scored Ellis.

The Rangers missed chances in the 10th and 11th. In the 10th, Alex Rodriguez led off with a single and Mark Texeira drew a two-out walk three batters later. Pinch-hitter Carl Everett hit a flyball to shallow center and shortstop Miguel Tejada scurried back to make a tumbling catch.

Rodriguez came up with two outs in the 11th and runners on second and third following Kevin Mench's double and Einar Diaz's walk. A-Rod was intentionally walked to load the bases for Hank Blalock, who grounded out to second.

Ugueth Urbina retired the side in the 10th after blowing his third save of the year in the ninth.

The right-hander gave up a single to Ramon Hernandez, who was lifted for pinch-runner Singleton, and a walk to McMillon before Ellis sacrificed the runners to second and third. Byrnes was intentionally walked to load the bases for Hatteberg. Hatteberg hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Singleton and make it 3-3. Tejada struck out to end the inning.

Rodriguez hit a two-run homer in the seventh to end a streak of 13 games without an RBI. He drove a 1-2 pitch from Chad Bradford over the wall in left-center for his 17th home run of the season to break a 1-1 tie.

When Rodriguez's homer sailed out in the seventh, he pumped his arm as he rounded first. He went 0-for-4 in Tuesday's 4-3 loss.

Erubiel Durazo had two hits for the A's, but Oakland couldn't manage enough run support to back up starter Barry Zito, the reigning AL Cy Young award winner who has only one win in his last six starts.

Zito didn't make it easy on himself, retiring the side just twice in six innings.

The A's have scored 40 runs in his seven wins and only seven in his five losses this season. He picked up his fifth defeat in his last outing to equal his loss total for all of 2002.

Zito got into a jam in the sixth when he gave up a leadoff double to Mench then walked Rodriguez with no outs. Juan Gonzalez, who came in with a nine-game hitting streak but went 0-for-4, fouled out to Hatteberg at first. Zito then struck out Rafael Palmeiro, but walked Texeira and Doug Glanville to bring in the tying run.

Donnie Sadler popped out to Tejada, but the 37-pitch inning put Zito's pitch count at 111 and he gave way to Chad Bradford.

Byrnes doubled against Francisco Cordero leading off the eighth for the A's and scored on Tejada's RBI groundout.

After a single by Durazo in the first, Texas starter Tony Mounce retired eight straight before Durazo doubled in the fourth. Chavez hit an RBI single two batters later to score Durazo for a 1-0 A's lead.

Notes: Texas is 6-14 in one-run games while Oakland is 12-11.... Chavez is hitting .347 (8-for-23) against lefties in June after going 5-for-59 over the first two months of the season. ... A's LF Adam Piatt, who made a rare start, broke an 0-for-6 slump with a fifth-inning single. All of Piatt's nine hits this year are against lefties. He's 0-for-10 against righties. ... Zito is 9-0 in 14 career starts vs. Texas. ... Rosman Garcia, who was in line for his first major league before Urbina blew it in the ninth, has pitched eight scoreless innings in his last five outings.



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