Heavy-hearted Clemens earns win for Astros

Posted: Thursday, September 15, 2005

HOUSTON — Roger Clemens made his scheduled start Wednesday night and allowed one run in 6 1-3 innings in Houston's 10-2 win over Florida, pitching in honor of his mother who died early that morning.

Bess Clemens died in Georgetown, Texas, from complications of emphysema. She was 75.

Clemens (12-7) lowered his major league-best ERA to 1.77 while winning for the first time in seven starts. It was his 340th victory, the most among active pitchers, and he had four strikeouts to increase his career total to 4,492. The seven-time Cy Young Award winner allowed five hits.

A.J. Burnett (12-11) lost his fifth straight start for the Marlins, giving up three runs and six hits over six innings.

Houston pulled within a half-game of Florida and Philadelphia in the NL wild-card race.

Padres 5, Giants 4

SAN FRANCISCO — Brian Giles tiebreaking single with two outs in the top of the 10th gave San Diego the win that snapped the Padres' four-game losing streak.

The first-place Padres rallied to avoid a three-game sweep and extended their lead over San Francisco to six games in the NL West.

Rudy Seanez (7-1) pitched a scoreless ninth for the victory. Trevor Hoffman got his 35th straight save and 38th overall as the Padres won despite stranding 15 runners.

Phillies 12, Braves 4

PHILADELPHIA — Reserve infielder Ramon Martinez hit his first career grand slam to lead Philadelphia to its third straight victory and fifth in six games. The Phillies moved into a tie with Florida for first place in the NL wild-card race.

Atlanta's Andruw Jones hit his 50th homer, becoming the first major leaguer to reach that mark since Alex Rodriguez (57) and Jim Thome (52) in 2002. Jones' homer, the 300th of his career, was a solo shot into the second deck in left field off Geoff Geary in the eighth. The 28-year-old became the 12th player in major league history to hit 300 homers before turning 30.

Pirates 5, Cardinals 3

ST. LOUIS — Brad Eldred hit two solo shots for his first multihomer game and Pittsburgh's bullpen worked 7 1-3 innings after Oliver Perez was ejected, keeping St. Louis' magic number for clinching the NL Central at two.

The Pirates won for only the fourth time in 19 games and denied the Cardinals a chance to clinch a tie for the division title at home. St. Louis, which completed a 6-4 homestand and begins a 10-game road trip on Thursday.

Nationals 6, Mets 3

NEW YORK — Preston Wilson and Vinny Castilla hit consecutive homers in the fifth inning to lead Washington, which has won the first two games of a six-game road trip after losing five of six.

Castilla and Nick Johnson each drove in two runs for the Nationals, who entered the game four games behind Florida in the NL wild-card race.

Esteban Loaiza (11-10) allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings. Chad Cordero finished for his 46th save.

Reds 7, Cubs 4, 11 innings

CHICAGO — Sean Casey's three-run double in the 11th gave Cincinnati its fourth win in five games.

Casey had four RBIs and Adam Dunn added three hits for the Reds. Todd Coffey (3-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the victory.

Cubs reliever Jermaine Van Buren (0-1) walked Ryan Freel to lead off the 11th. After a botched bunt play, a fly out and an intentional walk, Casey cleared the bases with a double to deep center.

Rockies 8, Dodgers 7

LOS ANGELES — Colorado's Cory Sullivan tied a career high with four hits, including a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning.

The Dodgers, who lost their second straight, dropped six games behind NL West-leading San Diego and were tied for second place with San Francisco, which lost to the Padres 5-4 in 10 innings.

Diamondbacks 2, Brewers 1

PHOENIX — Alex Cintron singled off Justin Lehr (0-1) with the bases loaded in the 12th inning.

Brandon Medders (2-0) pitched a scoreless 12th for the victory.

Craig Counsell put Arizona up 1-0 with a leadoff home run in the fifth. The Brewers tied it at 1-1 on a balk with a runner at third in the eighth by Brandon Webb.

American League

SEATTLE — Last-place Seattle swept the AL West-leading Los Angeles Angels for the second time this season, winning 10-9 Wednesday on Yuniesky Betancourt's ninth-inning single.

Raul Ibanez homered and drove in four runs for the Mariners, while Richie Sexson also homered.

The Angels, who remained one game in front of Oakland in the division, rallied from deficits of 6-0, 7-4 and 9-7 to tie the score in the ninth on a two-out RBI single by pinch-hitter Bengie Molina off closer Eddie Guardado (2-2).

Indians 6, Athletics 4

CLEVELAND — Ronnie Belliard's three-run homer in the seventh inning gave Cleveland the victory that kept Indians in front in the AL wild-card race.

Belliard fell behind 0-2 in the count before pulling a pitch from Barry Zito (13-12) over the wall in left for the Indians, who have won nine of 10 and are a major league-best 30-11 since July 31.

Cleveland remained one game ahead of New York in the wild-card chase and extended its lead over Oakland to 3 1/2 games.

Nick Swisher hit a three-run homer for the A's.

Jake Westbrook (15-14) didn't give up a hit until the sixth and allowed just two in seven innings. The right-hander, who lost his first five starts and opened the season 1-7, is 9-2 in 11 starts since July 21.

Bob Wickman gave up a one-out homer to Mark Kotsay but got his league-leading 41st save.

Yankees 6, Devil Rays 5

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Derek Jeter hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the seventh inning to lead New York, which remained 2 1/2 games behind first-place Boston in the AL East and one behind Cleveland in the wild-card race.

New York has won the first two of a three-game set after losing its four previous series against the Devil Rays, who have won 11 of 18 meetings this year.

With the bases loaded and two outs, Jeter lined a 3-2 pitch from Travis Harper to right for a 6-4 lead. He had only three hits in his previous 21 at-bats against Harper.

Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 3

TORONTO — David Ortiz hit his career-high 42nd homer, a tiebreaking two-run drive in the eighth inning for Boston. Ortiz drove in three runs for the Red Sox, who remained 2 1/2 games in front of New York in the AL East.

Boston's Gabe Kapler ruptured his left Achilles' tendon while rounding second base on Tony Graffanino's fifth-inning homer.

David Wells (13-7) won for the fourth time in five starts, allowing three runs in seven innings. Mike Timlin pitched the ninth for his eighth save.

Tigers 4, Twins 2

DETROIT — Craig Monroe hit a tiebreaking, two-run single with two outs in the eighth for Detroit.

Curtis Granderson's two-run homer in the third gave the Tigers a lead they clung to until the eighth, when Michael Cuddyer's two-out single tied the score at 2.

Craig Dingman (2-2) got the final four outs to help the Tigers avoid a three-game sweep. Detroit had lost 11 of 13.

Rangers 7, Orioles 6, 10 inn.

ARLINGTON, Texas — Kevin Mench drove in the winning run a single in 10th and Texas ended Baltimore's four-game winning streak.

Pinch-hitter David Dellucci tied it at 6 with a two-run homer in the ninth off Jorge Julio. Alfonso Soriano also connected for the Rangers, his 34th.

Mark Teixeira led off the 10th with a double against Jason Grimsley (1-2). Soriano was intentionally walked and Mench lined a single to left.

Royals 10, White Sox 9

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Angel Berroa's double in the ninth inning drove in the tying run, and right fielder Jermaine Dye's error allowed Mark Teahen to score the game-winner for Kansas City.

Chicago lost for the fourth time in 17 games against Kansas City this season, and had its AL Central lead cut to five games over Cleveland.

The Royals scored three runs in the ninth against Dustin Hermanson (1-4).

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