Clemens Majors’ 1st 10-Game Victor
It only took Roger Clemens 11 starts with the Toronto Blue Jays to do what he did in 34 starts with the Boston Red Sox last year.
Clemens remained unbeaten, and became the first 10-game winner in the majors, as the Blue Jays backed him with their biggest offensive output of the season Saturday in a 13-3 romp over the Oakland Athletics in Oakland.
Clemens leads the A.L. with a 1.85 ERA after allowing two runs in eight innings. The Blue Jays ended a four-game losing streak.
At 10-0, Clemens has matched his 1996 win total, when he went 10-13 for Boston. The three-time Cy Young winner is off to his best start since 1986, when he began 14-0 for the Red Sox.
“I’ve had individual success many times,” said Clemens. “It shows that all the hard work is paying off. I was fortunate the hitters put a big number up, that makes a difference.”
The Blue Jays scored eight runs in the fourth inning, taking an 8-1 lead, and Clemens was in control after that.
“Roger is throwing the ball better against us this year than last year,” A’s manager Art Howe said.
“His velocity has increased and he’s showing a little extra hop on his fastball.”
Clemens gave up eight hits, struck out four and walked three. It was just the third time he has permitted more than one run this season.
“I was just wild enough,” Clemens said. “I wanted to make sure I put a lot behind the pitches, especially early. We were on a four-game skid and I really had no margin for error.”
Yankees 7, Red Sox 2 Boston
Andy Pettitte avoided the first three-game losing streak of his career, and Paul O’Neill hit a pair of solo home runs to lead New York to a win over Boston.
Tim Raines drove in two runs and Scott Pose, in his first start for the Yankees, added a two-run double off the first-base bag. New York won for just the fourth time in its last 14 games at Fenway Park.
Angels 5, Twins 3 Anaheim, Calif.
Dave Hollins homered twice and drove in four runs as Anaheim beat Minnesota.
Hollins hit a solo homer in the first and added a three-run shot in the third to help the Angels open a 4-1 lead.
Orioles 8, Indians 5 Baltimore
Cal Ripken broke a seventh-inning tie with a record-breaking home run as Baltimore rallied from a four-run deficit against visiting Cleveland to win its fifth straight.
Ripken’s homer off Jose Mesa (0-3) put the Orioles ahead for the first time at 6-5. The home run gave him 4,274 total bases with Baltimore, breaking the franchise mark for total bases in a career. Brooks Robinson held the record of 4,270 total bases.
Brewers 4, White Sox 3 Milwaukee
Antone Williamson made the most of his first major league at-bat.
The 23-year-old Williamson, pinch hitting in the seventh inning, doubled home David Nilsson with the go-ahead run to lead Milwaukee to a win over Chicago.
Rangers 3, Royals 1 Arlington, Texas
Ivan Rodriguez and Rusty Greer hit back-to-back home runs in the third inning and rookie Julio Santana effectively pitched into the seventh inning as Texas beat Kansas City.
Santana (3-2), who lost his previous two starts, gave up one run and seven hits in 6-2/3 innings. The right-hander defeated Kevin Appier (4-4), who failed in his fifth attempt to notch his 100th career victory.
Clearing the bases
The Orioles put the oft-injured Eric Davis on the disabled list after determining that the outfielder would not soon return from a stomach ailment. The move is retroactive to May 26. … Baltimore’s Roberto Alomar has had four consecutive multiple-hit games, going 10 for 17 in that span. He left with an apparent injury to his side after taking a swing in the eighth .
Oakland’s Brent Mayne is batting .423 (11 for 26) lifetime against Roger Clemens. Mayne finished with three hits, two off Clemens. … Boston’s Mo Vaughn received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree Saturday morning at U-Mass Boston.
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