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NL: Clemens' pain dooms Astros

Associated Press
Published May 25, 2005


CHICAGO - First, the Houston Astros lost Roger Clemens to a groin injury. Then, they lost the game.

After Clemens shut out the Cubs for five innings on two hits before leaving with tightness in his groin, Chicago rallied for four runs in the eighth Tuesday night to beat the Astros 4-2.

Jeromy Burnitz hit a two-run, bases-loaded single with two outs in the eighth off Brad Lidge to rally the Cubs, deny Clemens the win and hand Houston its seventh straight loss. The Astros are 2-21 on the road.

Clemens had retired 10 straight before walking Enrique Wilson with two outs in the fifth.

Manager Phil Garner and a trainer then ran to the mound to talk with Clemens, who stayed in and got the final out of the inning.

But former Devil Ray Dan Wheeler came in to pitch the sixth, and Clemens was finished with what was announced as tightness in his right groin.

Clemens walked one and struck out six, improved his major league-best ERA to 1.19 and extended his road scoreless streak this season to 26 innings.

Trailing 2-0, the Cubs rallied against Chad Qualls and Lidge.

Chicago made it 2-1 on Jason Dubois' double and pinch-hitter Todd Hollandsworth's run-scoring single.

Lidge replaced Qualls and had control problems, throwing a wild pitch to move Hollandsworth to second and walking Jerry Hairston.

After getting Neifi Perez to hit into a short-to-third forceout, Lidge walked Derrek Lee to load the bases. Burnitz then sent a single to right to give the Cubs the lead. Lee scored on Lidge's second wild pitch of the inning.

GIANTS 5, DODGERS 3: San Francisco ace Jason Schmidt came off the disabled list, then pitched five effective innings and hit a home run for the host Giants.

Mike Matheny hit a three-run homer after failing to get down a bunt attempt and Edgardo Alfonzo had three hits and an RBI as the Giants won their third straight for the third time this season.

Schmidt hit his fifth career homer leading off the third, sending Jeff Weaver's 2-and-2 pitch over the leftfield wall. It was Schmidt's first homer since July 1 at Dodger Stadium off Jose Lima.

MARLINS 4, PHILLIES 3 (10): Damion Easley tied the score with a two-out homer in the ninth, and Carlos Delgado's run-scoring double in the 10th lifted host Florida.

The Marlins extended the majors' longest current winning streak to six games with plenty of help from the Phillies bullpen, which wasted seven innings of two-hit, shutout work by starter Brett Myers.

Joe Dillon, who started Florida's rally from a 3-0 deficit in the eighth, drew a leadoff walk in the 10th from right-hander Amaury Telemaco, called up from Triple-A Scranton earlier Tuesday.

Delgado came up three batters later and hit Aaron Fultz's first pitch to the right-centerfield wall to drive in the winning run.

BRAVES 4, METS 0: Pitching on three days' rest for the first time in a regular season game, Tim Hudson pitched eight shutout innings to lift host Atlanta past former teammate Tom Glavine.

Johnny Estrada had three hits for the Braves, who led 1-0 before scoring three off Glavine in the seventh.

Hudson stranded seven in the first four innings, then allowed one hit over his last four innings. He allowed six hits and two walks and struck out three.

CARDINALS 2, PIRATES 1 (12): Yadier Molina hit a winning single off Jose Mesa, and host St. Louis beat Pittsburgh for the 11th straight time. Manager Tony La Russa won his 823rd game with the Cardinals, passing Whitey Herzog for second on the franchise list.

Pirates shortstop Jack Wilson's first error in 35 games allowed the Cardinals to tie in the fourth. Second baseman Jose Castillo made a nice diving stop on Reggie Sanders' ball up the middle and flipped out of his glove to second for the force, but Wilson's relay was wild, and Larry Walker scored from second.

REDS 4, NATIONALS 3 (14): Reliever Randy Keisler's first career hit and RBI lifted host Cincinnati.

Keisler batted with runners at second and third and one out because the Reds had run out of position players in the longest game of the season for both teams. With the infield in, Keisler got a grounder past shortstop Jamey Carroll.

Nationals pinch-hitter Carlos Baerga singled in the tying run in the ninth.

BREWERS 6, ROCKIES 1: Carlos Lee homered and drove in four and Victor Santos stopped his four-game losing streak for host Milwaukee.

PADRES 9, DIAMONDBACKS 5: -- Phil Nevin drove in two runs with a homer and single, Ramon Hernandez had a two-run double and the San Diego Padres scored five runs in the last two innings to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-5 on Tuesday night.