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Clemens smokes the Nationals

PRO BASEBALL Houston collected season highs for runs and hits (19) and stretched its winning streak to a season-best six games as Roger Clemens struck out 10

AP , WASHINGTON

Roger Clemens matched his season high with 10 strikeouts over six shutout innings, and Morgan Ensberg, Jason Lane and Mike Lamb drove in three runs apiece to lead the Houston Astros past the Washington Nationals 14-1 Friday.

Houston collected season highs for runs and hits (19) and stretched its winning streak to a season-best six games. It was Washington's 12th loss in 16 games.

"You don't like to be embarrassed like that, no matter where you are, especially at home," Manager Frank Robinson said. "We've got to do something to get this ballclub back in the win column, No. 1, and in the winning mode. We're not in a winning mode right now."

Lane's career-high four hits included two doubles, Ensberg hit his 26th homer -- a two-run shot in the first -- and had an RBI single. Lamb added a three-run homer as a pinch-hitter in the eighth, and Willy Taveras had four singles.

Clemens (8-4) lowered his majors-best ERA to 1.40. He gave up just three hits, walked three and hit a batter.

"I shouldn't be in here. The hitters should be in here," the 42-year-old Clemens told reporters gathered in an interview room. "At my age I don't take anything for granted, that is for sure."

Nationals starter Ryan Drese (3-3) gave up six runs -- five earned -- on nine hits over 6 1-3 innings. He was followed by Kim Sun-woo, who allowed eight runs on 10 hits.

Rockies 5, Pirates 3, 10 innings

At Pittsburgh, Todd Helton hit a decisive two-run homer in the 10th inning off Jose Mesa after Pittsburgh had tied it in the ninth.

Aaron Miles singled off Mesa (1-6) with one out ahead of Helton's drive. David Cortes pitched the 10th for his first career save despite allowing singles to the first two Pittsburgh hitters.

All-Star closer Brian Fuentes (2-3) won after allowing Matt Lawton's game-tying single in the ninth. The Rockies are only 10-38 on the road.

Reds 11, Brewers 6

At Cincinnati, Ken Griffey Jr. tied Mickey Mantle on the career RBI list, and Adam Dunn drove in three runs with two homers as the Reds won their third straight game to tie a season high.

A blown transformer caused a power outage in the top of the seventh inning, leaving only security lights working at the ballpark. The game resumed after a 25-minute delay.

Dunn had a solo homer off Tomo Ohka (6-5) in the third and added a two-run shot in the seventh off Ricky Bottalico, his 27th.

Felipe Lopez and Joe Randa also had homers for the Reds. Griffey singled home a run in the bottom of the first, moving into a tie with Mantle for 42nd on the career list with 1,509.

Cincinnati's Ramon Ortiz (6-6) allowed three runs in seven innings. Geoff Jenkins reached him for a two-run double, extending his hitting streak to a career-high 15 games.

Dodgers 6, Mets 5

At New York, Jeff Kent homered, doubled and singled, and Los Angeles got its third consecutive victory.

Jayson Werth drove in two runs as the Dodgers built a 6-0 lead for Jeff Weaver, who helped himself with an RBI single.

In six innings of work, Weaver (8-8) allowed five runs and six hits -- including a two-run homer by Doug Mientkiewicz and a three-run shot by Carlos Beltran.

Yhency Brazoban worked a perfect ninth for his 18th save, breaking the team's rookie saves record set by Steve Howe in 1980.

Victor Zambrano (4-9) allowed six runs on 10 hits in 4 2-3 innings.

Phillies 8, Padres 6, 11 innings

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