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Clemens notches his ninth

Roger Clemens became the oldest major league pitcher to win his first nine decisions, yielding three hits in 6 2/3 shutout innings in leading the Houston Astros past the Mariners, 1-0, last night in Seattle.

The 41-year-old Clemens, backed by Morgan Ensberg's seventh-inning sacrifice fly, got his 319th win to move past Phil Niekro into sole possession of 14th place on the career list. The six-time Cy Young Award winner struck out seven and walked a season-high five.

Joel Pineiro (1-8) lost his seventh straight decision despite allowing just three hits in eight innings, struck out four and walked three.

Reliever Brad Lidge weathered a leadoff triple by John Olerud in the eighth, getting Bret Boone on a short fly to right, then striking out Scott Spiezio and pinch hitter Dave Hansen.

Blue Jays 7, Dodgers 1 -- Ted Lilly won his fifth straight decision and Howie Clark hit his first major league home run and drove in a career-high four runs, propelling host Toronto past Los Angeles.

Lilly (5-2) hasn't lost since April 21 at Fenway Park -- a span of nine starts. The 28-year-old lefthander allowed just one run on seven hits, while striking out seven and walking one in 7 1/3 innings.

White Sox 14, Phillies 11 -- Juan Uribe and Paul Konerko each homered twice, helping host Chicago overcome a pair of three-run homers by Jim Thome and beat Philadelphia.

Frank Thomas and Carlos Lee also connected for Chicago, whose six homers were one shy of the team record set in 1955 against Kansas City.

A's 10, Reds 6 -- Damian Miller tied a career high with five RBIs, pacing host Oakland to its fourth straight victory.

Cincinnati's Ken Griffey failed to homer for the second straight game, remaining two home runs away from becoming the 20th player with 500.

Diamondbacks 8, Orioles 1 -- Arizona's Randy Johnson (8-4) won his fifth straight start, limiting host Baltimore to three hits over seven innings.

Marlins 7, Indians 5 -- Miguel Cabrera and Damion Easley each homered off the left-field foul pole with two outs in the ninth, lifting Florida at Cleveland.

Royals 4, Expos 2 -- Rookie Zack Greinke (1-1) pitched seven shutout innings for his first major league victory, and Carlos Beltran hit a two-run homer, spurring host Kansas City.

Cubs 7, Cardinals 3 -- Chicago's Derrek Lee went 3 for 4 with three RBIs and Matt Clement (7-4) ran his record against visiting St. Louis to 3-0.

Giants 7, Devil Rays 3 -- Michael Tucker hit a two-run homer to back Jerome Williams's seven innings of four-hit pitching as visiting San Francisco topped Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Braves 4, Tigers 3 -- Pitcher Danny Patterson's throwing error on Rafael Furcal's sacrifice allowed Mark De Rosa to score the go-ahead run in the 10th as Atlanta won at Detroit.

Twins 2, Mets 1 -- Pinch hitter Michael Cuddyer's infield single in the ninth scored Jacque Jones from second base, lifting host Minnesota over New York.

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Last night's scheduled game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Rangers at Arlington, Texas, was postponed because of rain. It will be made up tomorrow night, a scheduled offday for both teams.

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