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Clemens enjoys Wrigley Field

AMERICAN BASEBALL Cy Young award winning pitcher Roger Clemens of the Houston Astros seems to be unbeatable -- taking out the Chicago Cubs 5-1

AP , CHICAGOAP, OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA

White Sox baserunner Kelly Dransfeldt, left, is tagged by Athletics second baseman Marco Scutaro in a rundown during their game in Oakland, California, Wednesday.

PHOTO: REUTERS

Roger Clemens won for the first time at Wrigley Field, keeping his perfect season intact by pitching the Houston Astros past the Chicago Cubs 5-1.

Clemens (8-0) allowed one run -- on Todd Hollandsworth's broken-bat single -- and five hits in seven innings Wednesday. The 41-year-old Rocket, making his second start at Wrigley, earned his 318th career victory, tying Phil Niekro for the 14th place on the all-time list. Clemens has won 12 straight regular-season decisions since Aug. 9.

"When you have an opportunity to pitch in this type of setting, regardless of how you feel, you want to make the appearance because people come from all over to watch you perform," Clemens said.

"I enjoy hearing the fans around the stadium, the things they say," he said.

Adam Everett and Brad Ausmus had three hits each against Matt Clement (6-4), who allowed 11 hits in 6 2-3 innings. Chicago has lost seven of nine.

Reds 3, Marlins 1

In Miami, Sean Casey singled in the seventh to break up Dontrelle Willis' perfect-game bid, then hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the ninth inning off Matt Perisho as Cincinnati completed a three-game sweep of Florida.

Brian Reith (2-1), who worked a scoreless eighth, got his second win in as many days. Danny Graves worked a perfect ninth for his major league-leading 26th save.

Felipe Lopez singled off Ben Howard (0-1) before the homer by Casey, who is hitting .391.

Cardinals 5, Pirates 3

In Pittsburgh, Albert Pujols hit his major league-leading 17th home run and Tony Womack had four hits as St. Louis beat Pittsburgh.

Pujols' two-run shot in the first inning gave him a home run in four of his last five games and helped the Cardinals win for the sixth time in seven games -- including three straight.

He began the night tied with Arizona's Steve Finley for the big league lead.

Chris Carpenter (6-1) sent Pittsburgh to its fourth consecutive loss. Jason Isringhausen got three straight outs for his 10th save in 13 chances.

Jason Kendall extended his hitting streak to 19 games for Pittsburgh. Mike Johnston (0-2) took the loss.

Mets 5, Phillies 3, 10 innings

In Philadelphia, Todd Zeile hit a tying, three-run homer in the eighth inning and a two-run drive in the 10th to lead New York over Philadelphia for a three-game sweep.

A night after Zeile hit tying homer in the eighth and a go-ahead single in the 10th in New York's 4-1 win, he did in the Phillies again.

Zeile drove a 2-1 pitch from Roberto Hernandez (1-2) through a heavy rain and over the right-field wall. David Weathers (5-1) was the winner. Braden Looper got his 10th save.

Expos 8, Braves 4

In Atlanta, backup catcher Einar Diaz drove in his first three runs of the season as Montreal beat Atlanta to avoid a three-game sweep.

It was only the third win in 13 games for the Expos, who have the worst record in the majors (17-35). Orlando Cabrera, Tony Batista and Juan Rivera each had three of Montreal's season-high 17 hits.

The Braves, who fell back to .500, failed in their attempt to match their season high of three straight wins. The Expos had lost seven straight at Turner Field.

Expos starter Claudio Vargas (4-3) pitched six innings. Mike Hampton (1-6) was the losing pitcher.

Diamondbacks 8, Giants 6

In Phoenix, Randy Johnson won his fourth successive start, and Shea Hillenbrand homered and drove in three runs in Arizona's victory over San Francisco.

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