Thursday, June 19, 2003

Jays' Halladay wins 10th straight start


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The Associated Press

BALTIMORE - Roy Halladay allowed two runs over seven innings to win his 10th straight start, and Mike Bordick hit a key two-run single against his former team as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-2 Wednesday night.

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.

The last major-league pitcher to win 10 successive starts was Chuck Finley in 1997.

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

Halladay, who began his streak May 1, improved to 15-2 in his last 17 decisions on the road. He gave up a two-run homer to Jay Gibbons but outpitched Baltimore starter Omar Daal (4-8), who yielded three runs and five hits in six innings.

Yankees 1, Devil Rays 0, 12 innings

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 New York won 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 with the game still scoreless.

Beginning his fourth inning of relief, Lance Carter (4-2) walked Robin Ventura in the 12th. Ruben Sierra's hit-and-run single sent pinch-runner Enrique Wilson to third, and Raul Mondesi was walked intentionally to load the bases.

After pinch hitter Todd Zeile struck out, Soriano looped a soft single to center over a drawn-in infield.

Chris Hammond (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the victory. The Yankees have won six of seven since being no-hit by a record six Houston pitchers.

Victor Zambrano matched zeros with Clemens for eight innings, allowing only a fifth-inning double to Juan Rivera and an eighth-inning double to Derek Jeter.

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 improved to 7-2 against Detroit this season.

The Tigers have lost 11 of their last 12 games and are a major-league worst 17-51 this season.

Davis (6-5) allowed seven hits and no walks in the longest outing of his career, striking out three.

Detroit's Eric Munson broke up the shutout with a two-out homer to right in the ninth.

Bonderman (2-10) took the loss, allowing three runs on seven hits. He struck out a career-high eight and did not walk a batter.




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