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Ho hum: Clemens sharp but no win
Published August 29, 2005
LOS ANGELES - The zeros keep piling up for Roger Clemens. Unfortunately for him, they are on the Houston Astros' side of the scoreboard.
Clemens again got no run support, as his former Yankees teammate, Jeff Weaver, combined with Duaner Sanchez on an eight-hitter to lead the Dodgers to a 1-0 victory on Sunday.
It was the eighth time in Clemens' 27 starts this season the Astros were shut out, and the fifth time by a 1-0 score - including three games that went extra innings.
"I don't bat an eye at that," said Clemens, who was trying for his 340th career win. "That's baseball. I don't put a lot of stock in it either way. I've had my share of wins. If I was worried about that and how many games that I've had some tough luck over my 22 years, it would probably drive you crazy. So I don't worry about that."
Weaver allowed seven hits in eight innings, struck out 10 and walked none.
The right-hander had nine strikeouts over the first five innings - already tying the season high for any Dodgers pitcher - and escaped a bases-loaded jam in the second by striking out Clemens after a two-out infield single by Brad Ausmus.
Sanchez got three outs for his fourth save, as Weaver won his sixth straight decision over nine starts.
"When you face a guy like Roger, you've got to be on top of your game," said Weaver (13-8), who set a career high for wins. "You don't expect too much, so you take it as a 0-0 ballgame throughout the game and hope that somewhere along the line you pull out in front and win."
Clemens allowed two hits and struck out five in six innings, but the Dodgers scored in the eighth on Oscar Robles' single off Chad Qualls. The hit scored Hee-Seop Choi, who doubled with two outs as a pinch-hitter for Weaver.
CARDINALS 6, NATIONALS 0: Host Washington was shut out for the second straight game, earning the ire of general manager Jim Bowden. Bowden described himself as "angry, frustrated, disappointed" and ripped his team's performance.
"It was pathetic," the GM said. "We gave them this game today. This is embarrassing. We gave them those runs."
Turning his attention to the hitters, scoreless over 21 innings, Bowden said: "This isn't a problem of one guy or two guys. We have an embarrassing problem of all eight. Zero offense."
The Nationals were shut down by Cal Eldred, who made his first start since 2001 and combined with four relievers as St. Louis allowed four hits, all singles. Washington scraped out two singles in Saturday's 6-0 loss to Jason Marquis.
"We all stink," cleanup hitter and former Ray Jose Guillen said. "We're just looking like Little League players."
CUBS 14, MARLINS 3: Derrek Lee hit two homers for the eighth time this season and Carlos Zambrano scattered six hits over eight innings for host Chicago. Lee's shot in the first inning was the 200th of his career and 38th this season, breaking a tie with Ernie Banks for the most by a Cubs first baseman.
GIANTS 4, METS 1: Pedro Feliz hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the sixth and J.T. Snow also connected in the inning, rallying host San Francisco to help Noah Lowry win his fifth straight start.
REDS 7, PIRATES 2: Ken Griffey hit his 534th home run to tie Jimmie Foxx for 13th on the all-time list and slugged his 1,000th extra-base hit to help visiting Cincinnati win its fourth straight. Griffey went deep against Pittsburgh starter Kip Wells in the fourth inning.
BRAVES 5, BREWERS 2: Andruw Jones hit his major-league-leading 41st and 42nd home runs and Tim Hudson pitched his second straight complete game for visiting Atlanta. Jones also took the league lead with 102 RBIs after his eighth multihomer game of the season.
PADRES 4, ROCKIES 3: Ryan Klesko had three RBIs and Pedro Astacio pitched seven strong innings as host San Diego avoided being swept. The Padres handed Jamey Wright his 16th loss, tying him for the most in the majors.
DIAMONDBACKS 10, PHILLIES 5: Shawn Green, gone for two days for the birth of his daughter, returned to hit a grand slam for host Arizona, which won its first series in nearly a month.