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Tigers Bring Rocket Down

Sun., Aug. 3, 1997

Roger Clemens could not hold a four-run lead, and the Detroit Tigers defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 8-7 Saturday night on reliever Paul Quantrill’s throwing error in the eighth inning.

Clemens, pitching at Tiger Stadium for the first time since striking out 20 last Sept. 18 with Boston, was trying for his M.L.-leading 17th win. He took a 5-1 lead into the sixth but left in the seventh after Travis Fryman’s three-run homer tied it at 6.

Clemens struck out nine, walked four and gave up 10 hits in six-plus innings. The three-time Cy Young winner, who leads the majors with a 1.78 ERA, had allowed just five earned runs in his previous eight starts.

Angels 5, White Sox 2

Anaheim, Calif.

Dennis Springer and Troy Percival combined on a five-hitter for Anaheim’s 20th win in 26 games.

Springer (7-4), who blanked Cleveland in his previous start, retired the first 11 batters he faced and took a no-hitter into the fifth inning. He gave up four hits and one walk with two strikeouts in eight innings. Percival allowed one hit in the ninth for his 15th save.

Orioles 13, Athletics 3

Oakland, Calif.

Mike Bordick homered and drove in a career-high five runs as Mike Mussina and Baltimore overcame a shaky start.

Mussina (12-4) surrendered three runs in the first inning, two of them unearned. But he did not allow another run before leaving after the seventh. He defeated Oakland for the 12th time in 15 career decisions.

Royals 10, Red Sox 3

Kansas City, Mo.

Dean Palmer homered twice and drove in four runs and Kansas City hit a season-high five homers.

Palmer is 12 for 34 with two home runs and eight RBIs since being traded.

Indians 7, Rangers 3

Arlington, Texas

Jim Thome hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the sixth to help John Smiley hand Texas its fifth straight loss in his debut with Cleveland.

Singles by Marquis Grissom and Brian Giles set the stage for Thome, who hit his 29th homer of the season over the center-field wall off Bobby Witt (10-7).

Twins 5, Yankees 4

New York

Paul Molitor homered and drove in two runs to help Minnesota snap New York’s four-game winning streak.

Molitor gave the Twins a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning with a 399-foot solo shot.

Clearing the bases

Former Seattle and Milwaukee starter Chris Bosio is negotiating a comeback contract with Boston. … The Yankees paid tribute to former captain Thurman Munson on the 18th anniversary of his death in a plane crash. … Boston’s Reggie Jefferson’s first inning double extended his hitting streak to 17 games. … The Royals’ Chili Davis’ homer was the 315th of his career, moving him into third place on the all-time switch hitting list behind Mickey Mantle and Eddie Murray.

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