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|Saturday, 18 August 2007 19:02|
Clemens gave up Cameron Maybin's first major league homer but pitched out of trouble for six innings, striking out eight to match his season high. Jorge Posada also homered and finished with three hits for the Yankees, who took control by scoring four times in the sixth.
Mariano Rivera tossed a hitless ninth for his 20th save in 23 chances.
Clemens (5-5) gave up 10 hits, his most since allowing 11 on Sept. 19, 2005, with Houston at Pittsburgh, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He was working on 10 days' rest after serving a five-game suspension for hitting Toronto's Alex Rios with a pitch on Aug. 7.
Posada hit a solo shot off Chad Durbin (7-6) in the second, putting New York ahead.
Orioles 5, Blue Jays 3
TORONTO (AP) - J.R. House homered to help Baltimore's Steve Trachsel win for the first time in 10 starts.
Trachsel (6-7) allowed three runs and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings and won for the first time since June 8.
Right-hander Jim Hoey relieved Trachsel after a pair of two-out singles in the seventh and got Toronto pinch-hitter Vernon Wells to ground into an inning-ending fielder's choice.
Hoey pitched around a double in the eighth, and Danys Baez pitched a perfect ninth for his second save.
For the second straight start, Toronto right-hander Jesse Litsch was the victim of poor defense. The Blue Jays made two errors, leading to three unearned runs. Toronto made three errors and allowed three unearned runs in Litsch's loss to Kansas City on Monday.
On Saturday, Litsch (4-6) allowed two earned runs on six hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out four.
Indians 8, Devil Rays 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Jake Westbrook gave up one run over seven innings, Asdrubal Cabrera hit his first major league homer and Cleveland beat Tampa Bay.
Grady Sizemore also went deep for the AL Central-leading Indians, who extended their advantage over Detroit to 1 1/2 games. Cleveland has won three in a row following a four-game losing streak.
Westbrook (4-7) allowed two hits, including an RBI double by Carlos Pena with two outs in the seventh. The right-hander has won three of four starts.
Cabrera's three-run drive off Jason Hammel (1-3) put the Indians ahead 3-0 in the second. Hammel gave up four runs and eight hits in five innings. He is winless in 15 major league starts, including six this season.
The Devil Rays have the majors' worst record at 46-76 and have lost 36 of 49 since June 25.
Sizemore made it 4-0 in the fifth with his 21st homer of the season. He has a hit in 22 of 24 games.
Rangers 5, Twins 0
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Marlon Byrd homered and drove in four runs, sending Kameron Loe and Texas past Minnesota.
Loe (6-9) came off the disabled list and threw five shutout innings, overcoming five walks by ending four of those innings with two runners on base. The Twins stranded a man on third three times, and Boof Bonser (5-10) lost his eighth straight decision.
Bonser surrendered seven hits, all five runs and three walks. Bonser, 0-8 in his last 12 starts, served up a homer to Jarrod Saltalamacchia to start the fifth.
Loe allowed only three hits and struck out two while throwing 80 pitches. The 6-foot-7 right-hander hadn't appeared since July 29 because of back spasms.
The Twins hit into three double plays and left 10 runners on base.
Red Sox 10, Angels 5
BOSTON (AP) - David Ortiz's grand slam capped a six-run fifth inning, Curt Schilling got his first win since a one-hitter two months ago, and Boston beat Los Angeles in a matchup of teams with the best records in the majors.
The rally against Angels starter Jered Weaver (8-6) erased Los Angeles' 5-0 lead and kept Boston's AL East lead at five games over New York.
Boston's Manny Ramirez struck out in his first four at bats, then lined a two-run double in a four-run ninth.
Schilling (7-5) was 0-3 in four starts since just missing a no-hitter on June 7 at Oakland. He was on the disabled list from June 19 to Aug. 6 with tendinitis in his right shoulder and went 0-1 in his other two starts since returning.
On Saturday, he gave up homers Chone Figgins and Vladimir Guerrero but was bailed out by the six-run rally. He pitched a perfect sixth before being replaced by Mike Timlin.
Weaver, who had allowed two hits in the first four innings, gave up six runs and six hits in the fifth when he failed to retire the first six batters.
Royals 7, Athletics 3
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Jason Smith hit a pair of two-run homers, Ross Gload also connected and Kansas City captured the season series with Oakland for the first time in nine years.
Odalis Perez (8-11) recorded his first career decision against Oakland, winning back-to-back starts for the first time since April 20 and 25. Kansas City owns its first three-game winning streak since getting four straight victories from July 26-29.
Perez pitched five shutout innings and has a combined 15 scoreless innings against the A's in three appearances.
The Royals last won the season series when they took seven of 11 games in 1998. They won three of four from the A's in the Coliseum from May 14-17.
Perez allowed three hits, struck' out two and walked four.
Chad Gaudin (9-9) lost for the sixth time in his last seven decisions.
Mariners 7, White Sox 5
SEATTLE (AP) - Kenji Johjima hit a tiebreaking RBI single in Seattle's four-run sixth and the Mariners rallied to hand Chicago its season-high, seventh straight loss.
Jeff Weaver (5-10) allowed four runs and five hits in 7 2-3 innings for the Mariners, who moved within two of the AL West-leading Angels. Seattle has a half-game lead over New York in the wild-card race.
Chicago led 3-0 early but committed two errors and Ehren Wassermann threw a wild pitch in the sixth. Jim Thome homered twice and A.J. Pierzynski also connected for the White Sox. It was Thome's 39th career multihomer game and second this season.
J.J. Putz worked the ninth for his 36th save, matching a career high.
John Danks (6-11) gave up four runs and nine hits in five-plus innings for the White Sox.