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RETURN OF THE `ROCKET'? RED SOX RIP ORIOLES

Roger Clemens struck out a season-high nine Saturday night for his first win in nearly a month, leading the Boston Red Sox to their 10th consecutive victory, 7-0 over the Baltimore Orioles.

Clemens (4-4), who hadn't won since July 18, allowed six hits and one walk before coming out to a standing ovation with two outs in the eighth. Joe Hudson got the last four outs.Mike Mussina (13-7) allowed five runs on 11 hits in 6 1-3 innings, striking out five.

Jose Canseco and Matt Stairs had two-run doubles, Luis Alicea had an RBI triple and Mike Greenwell had a two-run single.

Twins 6, Angels 4

At Minneapolis, rookie Jose Parra held baseball's highest scoring team to three hits over six innings to win his first major league game as Minnesota beat California.

Parra (1-0), obtained July 31 from the Los Angeles Dodgers in a trade for Kevin Tapani and Mark Guthrie, retired 12 of the first 14 batters he faced.

Rangers 6, Blue Jays 3

At Arlington, Texas, Bobby Witt celebrated his return to Texas by taking a shutout into the seventh inning as Texas beat Toronto.

Witt, 68-72 for Texas from 1986-92, won in his first appearance for the Rangers since they got him from Florida on Aug. 8 in a trade for pitcher Wilson Heredia and another minor leaguer.

Athletics 8, White Sox 2

At Chicago, Terry Steinbach had four hits and four RBIs and Todd Van Poppel got his first win as a starter in more than a year as Oakland beat Chicago.

Van Poppel (2-4) picked up his first victory as a starter since last Aug. 7 by allowing five hits and two runs over seven innings with two walks and seven strikeouts.

Yankees 3, Indians 2

At New York, Jack McDowell threw 142 pitches and kept New York from turning to its beleaguered bullpen as the Yankees ended their four-game losing streak.

Cleveland had won three in a row from the Yankees, coming back each time - including twice in the ninth inning against closer John Wetteland.

Tigers 8, Brewers 2

At Milwaukee, Lou Whitaker hit a three-run homer and Jose Lima earned his first major league victory as Detroit snapped its four-game skid.

Royals 7, Mariners 2

At Kansas City, Mo., Kevin Appier, making his first start since July 25, gave up two hits in six scoreless innings and Kansas City's rookie-laden lineup ended Seattle's six-game winning streak.

The Royals, who shocked their fans the night before when they unloaded veterans like Vince Coleman and Pat Borders and brought up four rookies, started five first-year players against Tim Belcher (8-7).

National League

Rockies 16, Braves 4

At Atlanta, Andres Galarraga and Larry Walker hit three-run homers as the Colorado Rockies beat the Atlanta Braves for just the fourth time in 32 games.

Vinny Castilla and Ellis Burks hit two-run homers during a seven-run eighth inning, helping Colorado set a club record for runs on the road.

Galarraga homered off Kent Mercker (6-7) in third while Walker homered off rookie Matt Murray in the seventh to help the Rockies end a five-game losing streak and improve to 2-7 this season against Atlanta.

David Justice and Fred McGriff homered for Atlanta.

Astros 3, Mets 1

At Houston, the Astros snapped their six-game losing streak and ended New York's six-game winning streak, getting a save from Mike Henneman in his first appearance for Houston.

Mike Simms hit a two-run homer and Mike Hampton (8-4) allowed just four hits in seven innings before Houston turned to its new bullpen rotation.

Marlins 7, Reds 3

At Miami, Kurt Abbott hit his second inside-the-park home run in four days and the Florida Marlins extended their winning streak to five games by beating the Cincinnati Reds.

Following Abbott's three-run blow in the second inning, Bob Natal hit the next pitch over the left-field fence for his first homer since July 4, 1993. Natal added two-run double in the eighth.

Expos 4, Phillies 3

At Philadelphia, Darrin Fletcher homered and Jeff Fassero allowed only one earned run in eight innings as the Montreal Expos beat the Philadelphia Phillies.

Fassero (11-9) allowed six hits and struck out seven while walking five. Dave Leiper got the game's final out for his second save as the Expos won for the fourth time in their last five games.