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Surprise pitching gem leads Rangers to victory

These games are the type the New York Yankees expected from Roger Clemens. No one, least of all the Texas Rangers, counted on the performance John Burkett gave.

Burkett (2-3), relegated to the Rangers' bullpen last month, gave up one hit and allowed only two baserunners in seven innings in a 5-0 victory at Anaheim on Tuesday night."Right now, it feels like somebody just planted a new arm on me," said the 34-year-old Burkett, who was on the DL with bursitis in his right shoulder earlier this season.

"The rest I had, the time in the bullpen -- I just kept grinding and getting better," Burkett said. "I haven't done anything for this club the past couple of months. Now hopefully I can."

Burkett gave up a leadoff double to Matt Walbeck in the third and walked Darin Erstad later in the inning. He then retired the next 13 Angels in a row before Jeff Zimmerman relieved to start the eighth.

Zimmerman and John Wetteland did not allow a hit the final two innings, giving the Rangers the fifth combined one-hitter in their history.

Juan Gonzalez gave the Rangers a five-run lead with his 23rd homer, a three-run shot in the eighth off reliever Mark Petkovsek.

YANKEES 3, TIGERS 0: At New York, Clemens was in no danger of being sent to the bullpen. But after winning two straight Cy Young awards in Toronto, he has been inconsistent in his first season with the World Series champs.

Clemens (8-2) pitched an eight-hitter Tuesday night for his first shutout for the Yankees, leading New York to its seventh straight win, 3-0 over the Detroit Tigers.

Derek Jeter and Shane Spencer homered off Justin Thompson (6-8) as New York matched its longest winning streak of the season.

BLUE JAYS 6, ORIOLES 5: Shannon Stewart's RBI single in the bottom of the 10th gave Toronto the win.

Stewart was 0-for-5 in the game before driving a two-out single down the third-base line off loser Arthur Rhodes (3-3).

INDIANS 5, TWINS 4: Jim Thome's RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning off Mike Trombley (1-5) rallied Cleveland to its 50th win of the season.

Thome and Manny Ramirez added homers as the Indians improved to 50-25. Steve Reed (4-0) got the win in relief.

ROYALS 7, WHITE SOX 4: Joe Randa drove in three runs and scored twice as Kansas City won for just the third time in 19 home games against Chicago.

Kevin Appier (7-6) allowed three runs in six innings to snap a personal four-game losing streak.

MARINERS 2, ATHLETICS 1 (12): At Oakland, Raul Ibanez hit an RBI single in the 12th inning off T.J. Mathews (6-3) as Seattle handed Oakland its sixth straight loss.

Jose Paniagua (5-6) pitched two scoreless innings for the win and Jose Mesa pitched the 12th for his 17th save.


PADRES 4, DODGERS 3: The San Diego Padres certainly know how to win. It's all they've been doing lately.

The Padres beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 in 12 innings Tuesday night to extend their winning streak to 12.

Damian Jackson's RBI single with none out in the bottom of 12th gave San Diego the longest winning streak in the majors this year.

The Padres tied the franchise record for consecutive wins set in 1982 and matched last year en route to the NL pennant. They also pulled within 5 1/2 games of Arizona in the NL West, making up eight games in the standings in 13 days.

REDS 5, DIAMONDBACKS 4: In Cincinnati, Eddie Taubensee's two-run double tied it with no outs in the ninth, and Aaron Boone later singled as the Reds rallied to win after trailing 4-2 going into the ninth.

Vicente Padilla (0-1), a 21-year-old pitcher making his major league debut, gave up three runs in the loss. Danny Graves (5-3) got the win.

EXPOS 6, BRAVES 5: Vladimir Guerrero's three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning capped a five-run rally for Montreal.

The Expos came back against John Rocker (2-3) for just its second victory in seven games. The Braves lost for only the fourth time in their last 14.

Atlanta starter John Smoltz hit an RBI single before leaving after five innings with stiffness in his right elbow.

METS 5, MARLINS 1: In Miami, Orel Hershiser came within two outs of his first shutout in more than four years.

Hershiser (8-5) was on his way to his first shutout since June 5, 1995, when he allowed a leadoff triple to Alex Gonzalez in the ninth. Bruce Aven followed with an RBI groundout and Hershiser was replaced after allowing a double to Kevin Orie.

Hershiser allowed five hits and one walk in 8 1-3 innings, the longest outing by a Mets pitcher this season.

PHILLIES 7, PIRATES 4: Curt Schilling pitched eight strong innings in Philadelphia's victory in Pittsburgh.

Schilling (11-4) allowed four hits, two of them home runs, and struck out eight to win his third straight. He improved to 5-1 when he pitches after a Phillies loss.

BREWERS 17, CUBS 6: In Chicago, Marquis Grissom drove in a career-high six runs to more than offset Sammy Sosa's major league-leading 29th home run.

Grissom hit a sacrifice fly in a four-run first inning, a two-run homer in the third, an RBI single in the fourth and a two-run homer in the sixth.

ASTROS 5, CARDINALS 4: Craig Biggio's tiebreaking, two-out single in the eighth inning gave Houston the win.

After St. Louis tied the game at 4 with two runs in the top of the eighth off Shane Reynolds, the Astros snapped a four-game losing streak with a run in the bottom of the inning.

GIANTS 10, ROCKIES 1: In San Francisco, Ellis Burks hit two home runs and tied his career high with seven RBIs.

Burks went 3-for-4 with a two-run double in the first, a two-run homer in the third and a three-run shot in the seventh. Burks has 11 home runs, including four in three games since returning from the disabled list.