Baltimore roughs up Clemens at Yankee Stadium

Posted: Friday, July 25, 2003

NEW YORK Baltimore sent Roger Clemens to his quickest exit in a year, with Jeff Conine and B.J. Surhoff hitting early home runs to back Sidney Ponson and lead the Orioles over the New York Yankees 5-3 Thursday.

Clemens (9-7), in the final season of his 20-year career in the major leagues, lasted just four innings, gave up nine hits and left trailing 5-0.

Ponson (14-5) tied Toronto's Roy Halladay and Atlanta's Russ Ortiz for the major league lead in victories, winning his fourth straight start since a June 30 loss to the Yankees. He had been 0-8 in 14 starts against the Yankees since Sept. 19, 1998.

Ponson, who is eligible for free agency after the season, could be dealt before the July 31 trade deadline. He took a shutout into the sixth inning before the Yankees got a pair of runs. He allowed six hits, struck out five and walked three.

After Raul Mondesi's two-out RBI double in the ninth, Jorge Julio retired Alfonso Soriano on foul popup on his only pitch for his 23rd in 28 chances.

Rolls' first major league slam helped him drive in a career-high five runs. Antonio Perez also homered and had a career-best five RBIs as Tampa Bay matched its highest-scoring game of the season.

The Devil Rays led 11-2 after 4 1/2 innings and went on to end Boston's five-game winning streak. Every Tampa Bay starter had at least one hit and had scored a run by the fifth.

Jacque Jones homered and drove in three runs and Torii Hunter also homered for the Twins, who salvaged a split of the two-game series and pulled within 5 1/2 games of the Royals in the AL Central.

Raul Ibanez homered and had an RBI triple for the Royals.

The Twins scored four unearned runs in the eighth against Jason Grimsley (2-4), with help from an error and a wild pitch.

Sabathia (8-6) retired the first seven batters, but lost his command after the Tigers scored an unearned run on third baseman Casey Blake's error in the third.

The Tigers broke away by scoring four runs with two outs in the fifth.

Sabathia went 6 1-3 innings, allowing six runs, five earned, on nine hits and two walks. He has lost three straight after winning eight of nine decisions.

A sudden shower forced a rare rain delay at SkyDome, where the retractable roof was open when bad weather moved in during the top of the sixth.

With the score tied at 2 in the 13th, Chicago's Carlos Lee led off with a double off Tanyon Sturtze (6-5) before Thomas singled to center. Magglio Ordonez's RBI double gave the White Sox a crucial insurance run.

Chicago's Damaso Marte, Tom Gordon (5-5) and Rick White combined for six innings of relief, holding Toronto scoreless until Vernon Wells hit his 27th homer with two out in the 13th.

Appier (7-6) had lost 10 straight decisions to Texas, and Thursday's win was his first against the Rangers since May 23, 1996. He allowed two runs and four hits in six innings.

Mulder (13-7) missed a career high by one strikeout. He was strong all night, allowing seven hits all singles.

Billy McMillon had a big two-run single as the A's scored three times in the seventh.

Chavez started it with a first-pitch homer off Gil Meche (10-7), who lost his fourth straight start.

Keith Foulke came in with two outs in the eighth, recording his 25th save in 29 opportunities.

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