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Rocket Roger isn't only one who's streaking

Yankees 11, Indians 5The streak is still going for Roger Clemens. And Kenny Rogers. And Derek Jeter.

Clemens won his 20th straight decision -- he has not lost for more than a year -- in pitching the New York Yankees past the Cleveland Indians 11-5 Tuesday night.

Clemens extended his AL record and moved closer to matching Carl Hubbell's major league mark of 24 consecutive victories in 1936-37. Roy Face (22) and Rube Marquard (20) are the only other pitchers ever to win 20 in a row.

"The streak is neat," Clemens said.

Jeter, meanwhile, has reached base in all 50 Yankees games this season. He went 2-for-3, raising his average to .376, and drove in three runs.

"Jeter's on the sun and we're on the earth," Clemens said.

Responded Jeter: "If I'm on the sun, then he's somewhere else. Because that man hasn't lost in more than a year."

Rogers kept up his streak on the West Coast, winning his 15th straight decision at Oakland. He led the Athletics over Tampa Bay 5-2.

Clemens (5-0) has not lost in 30 starts since the Indians beat him May 29, 1998, when he pitched for Toronto. He has a 2.81 ERA during the string.

ATHLETICS 5, DEVIL RAYS 2: Rogers remained unbeaten at Oakland since Aug. 7, 1994, when he pitched for Texas.

Eric Chavez had a three-run double and Oakland won despite being outhit 10-3. The A's took advantage of three errors to score two unearned runs.

ORIOLES 14, MARINERS 11: Cal Ripken, Harold Baines and B.J. Surhoff each drove in three runs and Baltimore held on at the Kingdome.

Russ Davis hit two home runs for Seattle, which made it close by scoring five times in the ninth inning. Edgar Martinez and Dan Wilson also homered for the Mariners and Ken Griffey Jr. drove in three runs.

RANGERS 3, ROYALS 1: Texas won its eighth in a row, its best streak since 1989 and sent visiting Kansas City to its fourth straight loss.

The Rangers trailed 1-0 in the eighth inning when they loaded the bases with no outs on a walk and two hit batters. Mark McLemore hit a two-run single and Rusty Greer added an RBI single.

RED SOX 5, TIGERS 4: Rookie Brian Daubach hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning and Boston won at Fenway Park.

WHITE SOX 6, BLUE JAYS 2: Frank Thomas had a season-high four hits and visiting Chicago handed Toronto its fourth straight loss.

ANGELS 5, TWINS 1: Ken Hill came within a strike of his first shutout since 1996, leading Anaheim past visiting Minnesota.


CARDINALS 8, MARLINS 4: Four outfielders weren't enough to keep Mark McGwire in the ballpark.

The Florida Marlins put an extra man in the outfield when McGwire came to the plate in the fifth inning Tuesday night, but the St. Louis slugger foiled the strategy by hitting his 16th homer of the season.

McGwire also had a two-run double in the sixth -- this time against a traditional defense -- to lead the Cardinals to an 8-4 victory over the Marlins at Pro Player Stadium.

The Marlins, who moved second baseman Luis Castillo to the right-field corner when McGwire batted in the fifth, are the third team to use four outfielders against Big Mac this season. McGwire said he doesn't care what kind of defense the opposition plays.

BRAVES 7, ROCKIES 2: John Smoltz returned from the 15-day disabled list and pitched six scoreless innings in Atlanta.

Smoltz (6-1), activated earlier in the day after being sidelined by an inflamed right elbow, gave up four hits, struck out five and walked none. He also doubled and hit an RBI single, increasing his batting average to .364 (8-for-22).

EXPOS 10, DIAMONDBACKS 8: Shane Andrews, activated from the 15-day DL before the game, homered twice, doubled and matched a career high with five RBIs as Montreal stopped Arizona's seven-game winning streak.

Steve Finley went 4-for-5 with two homers and six RBIs for the visiting Diamondbacks. On Sunday, he had two homers and five RBIs against the Mets.

PIRATES 4, DODGERS 2: Jason Schmidt (5-3), given nine days off between starts after complaining of a dead arm, limited Los Angeles to a run and four hits in 6 2-3 innings at Three Rivers Stadium.

Ed Sprague, recently shifted from sixth to second in the batting order, had a homer, double and scored twice as the Pirates won their fifth straight.

REDS 4, METS 0: Pete Harnisch (5-5) extended his shutout string to 16 innings, combining with Scott Sullivan on a seven-hitter as Cincinnati won its fourth straight.

ASTROS 3, BREWERS 0: Sean Bergman (3-1) pitched a rain-shortened six-hitter in Milwaukee for his first shutout in four seasons.

PADRES 1, CUBS 0: John Vander Wal homered off Steve Trachsel (2-6) in the fourth as San Diego stopped Chicago's four-game winning streak in a rain-shortened game at Wrigley Field.

GIANTS 6, PHILLIES 5: Wayne Gomes (1-1) forced in the winning run by walking Bill Mueller in the 12th inning as San Francisco stopped a five-game losing streak.