Clemens cruises past Blue Jays for 15th victory

Posted: Sunday, July 29, 2001

TORONTO -- Rogers Clemens won his 11th straight decision to become the majors' first 15-game winner, leading the New York Yankees to their seventh consecutive win, 12-1 over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.

Clemens (15-1) allowed allowing one hit and no runs in 5 2-3 innings before leaving with cramps in his right groin. Ramiro Mendoza and Mark Wohlers finished the two-hitter.

Tino Martinez and Bernie Williams each hit two-run homers for the Yankees, who have hit 17 home runs during the winning streak.

Carlos Delgado homered for the Blue Jays (48-57), who fell a season-high nine games below .500.

Mariners 5, Twins 1

SEATTLE -- Ichiro Suzuki went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a stolen base on his own bobblehead doll day to lead Seattle over Minnesota.

Bret Boone also drove in two runs for the Mariners (75-29), who improved to 7-1 against Minnesota this year. Seattle is a season-high 46 games over .500.

Mariners starter Jamie Moyer (11-5) allowed one run and five hits in 6 1-3 innings.

Brad Radke (10-8) lost his fourth straight, giving up five runs in six innings.

Royals 9, Athletics 3

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Chad Durbin pitched a six-hitter for his first career complete game, and Carlos Beltran hit an RBI double to spark a six-run seventh inning for Kansas City.

Durbin (7-9) stopped a three-game losing streak that covered five starts. He had not won since June 28 against Houston.

Tim Hudson (12-6) allowed seven runs, six earned, on eight hits in 6 1-3 innings. The loss, his first since June 22 against Texas, snapped a five-game winning streak.

Indians 6, Tigers 4, 1st game

Tigers 4, Indians 2, 2nd game

DETROIT -- Jeff Weaver (10-9) pitched seven strong innings to help Detroit end a seven-game losing streak in the second game of a day-night doubleheader Saturday.

Roberto Alomar's tiebreaking, two-run double and Juan Gonzalez's 27th home run lifted Cleveland in the opener.

Juan Encarnacion tripled twice and scored two runs, and Shane Halter had two RBIs for the Tigers in the nightcap.

Steve Woodard (1-1), making his first start this season, allowed four runs in 5 1-3 innings to lose the second game.

Danys Baez (1-0) pitched a scoreless seventh inning for the victory in the opener. Heath Murray (0-4) took the loss.

White Sox 3, Red Sox 1

BOSTON -- Carlos Lee hit a tiebreaking RBI triple in the seventh inning to lead Chicago over Boston.

Despite the return of Carl Everett, the Red Sox fell 3 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees in the AL East -- their biggest deficit of the season.

Everett, playing for the first time since injuring his right knee on June 21, misjudged Lee's triple to center field off Tim Wakefield (6-6). Magglio Ordonez added an RBI double.

White Sox starter Mark Buehrle (7-7) gave up one run and five hits in 7 1-3 innings. Keith Foulke got four outs for his 24th save.

Devil Rays 7, Rangers 3

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Toby Hall hit a tiebreaking RBI single in Tampa Bay's four-run 10th inning as the Devil Rays snapped Texas' season-high five-game winning streak.

Tampa Bay won despite blowing a 3-1 lead in the ninth inning that nearly spoiled rookie Nick Bierbrodt's strong debut with the Devil Rays.

Tampa Bay recovered in the 10th. Pinch-hitter Russ Johnson drew a one-out walk from Kevin Foster (0-1) and went to third on Chris Gomez's single. Gomez went 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs.

Hall then singled to left to score Johnson with the go-ahead run. Ben Grieve added an RBI single and Greg Vaughn had a two-run single for the Devil Rays.

Esteban Yan (3-3) pitched two innings to get the win despite blowing his fifth save in 17 chances.

Angels 6, Orioles 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Scott Spiezio homered twice and Shawn Wooten took advantage of a reprieve to lead off Anaheim's four-run eighth inning with a home run as the Angels beat the Baltimore Orioles Saturday night.

With the Angels trailing 3-2 in the eighth, Wooten hit a foul popup that fell between third baseman Tony Batista and shortstop Brian Roberts down the left-field line. Two pitches later, Wooten homered off Ryan Kohlmeier to tie the game.

Adam Kennedy singled one out later against Kohlmeier (1-1) and scored when David Eckstein's drive to right-center eluded Larry Bigbie and Chris Richard for a triple. Kennedy scored on a groundout by Troy Glaus and Garret Anderson added an RBI double.

Ben Weber (6-1) earned the victory with a scoreless inning or relief. Troy Percival pitched the ninth for his 27th save in 29 chances, allowing an RBI single by Richard.

Bigbie hit first career homer and drove in another run with a single. Baltimore rookie Willis Roberts allowed two runs in seven hits in 5 2-3 innings, including Spiezio's solo homers in the fourth and sixth.

Roberts left the game with an injured left knee, collapsing on the mound after grazing Eckstein with a 3-0 pitch. Roberts was taken to the hospital and there no immediate word on the extend of the injury.

Bigbie, whose broken-bat pinch single in the 10th inning Friday gave the Orioles a 4-3 victory, led off the sixth against Pat Rapp with a homer to make it 3-1.

Rapp allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings.

Notes: Cal Ripken Jr., who had the night off, was visited during batting practice by Hall of Fame basketball coach John Wooden. ... Batista, who made his 12th start at 3B in place of Ripken, was booed by the disappointed crowd of 39,261 every time he came up. When he was jeered his last time up, Batista played to the fans, cupping his hand over his right ear to make it look like he was trying to hear them better. ... Bigbie got to keep the ball from his first homer when a fan threw it back on the field.

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