Wednesday, June 9, 2004

It's nine decisions, nine wins for Clemens

The Associated Press

SEATTLE - Roger Clemens became the oldest pitcher to win his first nine decisions, allowing three hits in 6 2/3 shutout innings Tuesday night to lead the Houston Astros over the Seattle Mariners 1-0.

Clemens (9-0), backed by Morgan Ensberg's seventh-inning sacrifice fly off Joel Pineiro (1-8), got his 319th win to move past Phil Niekro into sole possession of 14th place all-time. The six-time Cy Young Award winner struck out seven, increasing his total to 4,187, and improved to 23-14 against Seattle, the most wins by a pitcher against the Mariners.

Braves 4, Tigers 3, 10 innings

DETROIT - Danny Patterson's throwing error allowed Mark De Rosa to score the go-ahead run for Atlanta in the 10th inning.

Chris Reitsma (2-1) pitched two shutout innings, and John Smoltz had a perfect 10th for his ninth save in 10 tries.

Marlins 7, Indians 5

CLEVELAND - Miguel Cabrera and Damion Easley each homered off the left-field foul pole with two outs in the ninth inning, leading Florida to victory.

Cabrera tied it off Jose Jimenez (1-4) with his 14th homer of the season - a shot that ricocheted off the top of the pole. Jeff Conine walked, and Easley followed by lining a shot that hit off the pole near the top of the wall.

Yankees 2, Rockies 1

NEW YORK - Javier Vazquez won his fourth straight start, pitching into the eighth inning for New York.

Vazquez (7-4) retired his first 13 batters, struck out six and gave up five hits in seven-plus innings for the Yankees, who got a two-run single from Jason Giambi to win for the 12th time in their last 14 games.

Giants 7, Devil Rays 3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - San Francisco's Michael Tucker hit a two-run homer to back Jerome Williams (5-4), who allowed one run and four hits in seven-plus innings.

White Sox 14, Phillies 11

CHICAGO - Juan Uribe and Paul Konerko both homered twice to help Chicago overcome a pair of three-run homers and a career high-tying six RBI by Jim Thome.

Frank Thomas and Carlos Lee also connected for Chicago, whose six homers were one shy of the team record. Jason Michaels added a solo homer for Philadelphia.

National League:

Cubs 7, Cardinals 3

CHICAGO - Derrek Lee went 3-for-4 with three RBI to spark an offensive outburst, and Matt Clement kept up his mastery of St. Louis. Clement (7-4) improved to 3-0 against the Cardinals this season, scattering three runs and five hits over eight innings while striking out nine.


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