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Clemens turns the heat on against A's

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL The six-time American League Cy Young winner, won his rematch with Barry Zito, getting his 298th carreer victory as New York beat Oakland

AP , OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA AND CHICAGO ILLINOIS

New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens, center, is joined by teammates Alfonso Soriano, center, and Nick Johnson on the mound prior to being taken out of the game in the eighth inning, in a game against the Oakland Athletics in California on Saturday.

PHOTO: REUTERS

Roger Clemens earned his 298th career victory, pitching shutout ball into the seventh inning and leading the New York Yankees over the Oakland Athletics 5-2 Saturday.

Clemens ended his two-game losing streak by giving up one run and six hits in 6 2-3 innings.

The Rocket (5-2) struck out five, leaving him 41 short of reaching 4,000. He walked one.

Clemens, a six-time AL Cy Young winner, won his rematch with Barry Zito, who got the award last year. Zito threw eight sharp innings at Yankee Stadium last Sunday in a 2-0 win.

The victory kept Clemens on pace to possibly win No. 300 at his old home, Fenway Park. Clemens is scheduled to pitch again next weekend against Texas, then make his following start at Boston.

Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth for his third save.

Zito (5-3) gave up four runs on five hits over six innings. He walked four and struck out seven.

Jorge Posada hit a three-run homer and Bernie Williams had a solo shot for the Yankees.

Red Sox 6, Twins 5

In Minneapolis, Manny Ramirez had three hits and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning with smart baserunning as Boston ended Minnesota's five-game winning streak.

Matthew LeCroy homered twice for the Twins.

With the score tied at 4, Boston loaded the bases off Juan Rincon (1-1) with one out in the eighth. Jeremy Giambi hit a short fly ball to center fielder Torii Hunter, who made a strong throw home to keep Ramirez on third.

But when the ball short-hopped catcher AJ Pierzynski and rolled toward the mound, Ramirez raced home to put Boston ahead. Hunter was charged with an error on the play.

Royals 8, Orioles 4

In Kansas City, Missouri, Rookie Ken Harvey hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning and Kansas City topped Baltimore.

The Royals snapped a four-game losing streak. They had dropped 10 of 14.

Harvey connected off reliever Buddy Groom (1-2) for his fifth home run. Harvey has seven game-tying or go-ahead hits in his past 18 games.

Rookie DJ Carrasco (2-1) worked two hitless innings.

Devil Rays 3, Tigers 1

In St. Petersburg, Florida, Seth McClung allowed one run in seven innings and Aubrey Huff homered to lead Tampa Bay.

McClung (3-1) gave up five hits, struck out nine and walked two in his third career start and 10th appearance overall.

Huff put the Devil Rays up 1-0 with his ninth homer in the first inning against Jeremy Bonderman (2-5).

Eric Munson had a solo homer for the Tigers, who have the majors' worst record at 7-27.

Indians 6, Rangers 4

In Arlington, Texas, Cleveland starter CC Sabathia beat Texas for the fifth straight time and kept Rangers slugger Rafael Palmeiro from hitting his 500th homer.

Sabathia (2-2) is 5-0 with a 2.48 ERA in five career starts against Texas, including his only two wins this season.

The left-hander gave up five hits before leaving after seven innings with a 5-2 lead. Six days earlier, Sabathia had a complete game 3-1 win over Texas when he allowed just four hits.

Palmeiro, in his second game since hitting No. 499 on Thursday, went 0-for-3 with a walk.

White Sox 4, Mariners 3

In Seattle, Carlos Lee hit a solo home run in the fifth and scored the go-ahead run in the seventh to help Chicago beat Seattle.

Bartolo Colon snapped a three-game losing streak and defeated the Mariners for the first time in almost three years. Colon allowed six hits and two walks, leaving after Edgar Martinez's leadoff single in the ninth.

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