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Clemens snags 299th win


New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens kicks at the dirt after giving up a two run home run to Boston Red Sox Nomar Garcaiparra in the first inning at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, on Wednesday.


Roger Clemens earned his 299th career victory, scattering nine hits in six innings against his former team on Wednesday to lead the New York Yankees to a 4-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

Raul Mondesi singled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning to put the Yankees back into sole possession of first place in the American League East and move Clemens (6-2) one win from becoming the 21st pitcher in baseball history with 300 wins.

He is scheduled to try for the milestone victory at Yankee Stadium on Monday against the Red Sox, his team for the first 13 years of his career.

Jason Giambi hit a solo homer for the Yankees, while Nomar Garciaparra hit a solo shot for Boston.

Mariano Rivera got the last four outs for his fourth save.

Twins 4, Athletics 3

In Oakland, California, Dustan Mohr drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning to spoil a strong start by Barry Zito and players kept their tempers in check as Minnesota beat Oakland.

The Twins scored the tying run in the eighth off Ricardo Rincon, who allowed a leadoff single to Cristian Guzman. LaTroy Hawkins (4-0) pitched a 1-2-3 seventh for the win and Eddie Guardado worked the ninth for his 11th save in as many chances.

Indians 4, Tigers 0

In Cleveland, CC Sabathia pitched six innings before leaving with a sprained left ankle as Cleveland sent Detroit to its ninth shutout loss. Shane Spencer drove in two runs for Cleveland, which has won three in a row for the first time this year and has five victories in its last six games.

Detroit lost its seventh straight game. The Tigers are a major league-worst 9-35.

Rangers 8, Devil Rays 7

In Arlington, Texas, rookie Mark Teixeira homered, tripled and drove in a career-high four runs as Texas extended its season-best winning streak to five games with a victory over Tampa Bay.

Ruben Sierra's run-scoring single in the seventh inning off Jesus Colome (1-2) put the Rangers up 8-7. Sierra ended a 16-game stretch without an RBI when he drove in Rafael Palmeiro, who led off the seventh with a double.

White Sox 6, Blue Jays 5

In Chicago, Carlos Lee hit a two-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning as Chicago rallied to beat Toronto. Lee connected off Cliff Politte (1-3) for his eighth homer, one pitch after he nearly struck out on a check swing.

Damaso Marte (2-0) pitched one-third of an inning for the win and Billy Koch got the final three outs for his fifth save in seven chances.

Royals 14, Mariners 5

In Seattle, Carlos Beltran hit two three-run homers and Kansas City tied a team record by hitting six home runs as the Royals beat Seattle to break a four-game losing streak.

Michael Tucker had a two-run shot, and Joe Randa and Raul Ibanez added solo homers in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively, after Seattle erased a 6-1 deficit to make it 6-5 in the fifth. Seattle's Freddy Garcia (3-6) gave up the first three homers, losing his third straight start.

Orioles 7, Angels 6

In Anaheim, California, Tony Batista drove in three runs and Geronimo Gil singled home two more as Baltimore ended a six-game road losing streak with a win over Anaheim.

Baltimore ended a string of seven straight losses to the Angels, its longest skid in the series since the teams began playing in 1961.

Austin Kearns' bases-loaded double completed a six-run fourth inning Wednesday as the Cincinnati Reds rallied to beat the Atlanta Braves 9-3 and slow their remarkable surge.

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