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Clemens wins final start at Fenway Park

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BOSTON — Roger Clemens got his 100th win at Fenway Park in his final regular-season start there, and the New York Yankees moved 5 1/2 games ahead of Boston in the AL East with an 8-4 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday.

Clemens allowed four runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings, and the Yankees took two of three games in the series. The capacity crowd gave him a standing ovation when he left and it continued as he stood in the dugout so he came out, waved and tipped his hat.

Boston threatened in the ninth, loading the bases against Jeff Nelson. But Mariano Rivera got his 31st save in 37 chances when he struck out Nomar Garciaparra, who went 0-for-5.

Clemens (13-8) is 100-55 at Fenway, where he played for Boston from 1984-96. He plans to retire after the season and would pitch there again only if the teams meet in the playoffs.

The Yankees scored three runs in the first inning off knuckleballer Tim Wakefield (9-6) but lost Derek Jeter, probably for at least three games, with a rib cage injury.

ATHLETICS 4, DEVIL RAYS 3: At Oakland, Calif., Miguel Tejada homered and rookie Rich Harden got his first win in five starts as Oakland finished a perfect homestand by beating Tampa Bay for its ninth straight victory.

The A's aren't quite halfway to their AL-record streak of 20 straight victories last season, but with 13 wins in their last 15 games, they've taken the AL West lead away from Seattle with 25 games to play.

Harden (4-3) struck out 10 over seven strong innings, allowing five hits and a walk. Chad Bradford got two outs for his second save.

Aubrey Huff hit a two-run homer and a run-scoring single for the Devil Rays, who lost for the ninth time in 11 games.

Tampa Bay starter Jeremi Gonzalez (6-7) allowed just four hits in eight innings.

MARINERS 3, ORIOLES 0: At Seattle, Jamie Moyer beat Baltimore for the 14th consecutive time — the longest current streak by a pitcher against one team — and Seattle completed a three-game sweep.

The Mariners stayed two games behind Oakland in the AL West and moved 1 1/2 games ahead of Boston in the wild-card race.

The Orioles lost their season-worst eighth straight game for the second time in August. They've been outscored 45-12 during their current skid.

Moyer (17-6) allowed five hits and one walk in 7 2/3 innings as the Mariners got their 15th shutout — tops in the majors — while the Orioles were shut out for the 10th time.

Shigetoshi Hasegawa pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 14 chances.

The Mariners broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the sixth on RBI singles by Carlos Guillen and John Olerud off Jason Johnson (10-6).

RANGERS 11, TWINS 10: At Arlington, Texas, Alex Rodriguez became the second player in major league history with six straight 40-homer seasons, and Einar Diaz singled home the winning run in the ninth inning as Texas beat Minnesota.

Mark Teixeira hit a tiebreaking, three-run shot to help the Rangers snap a five-game losing streak.

Making his first start at DH since Aug. 4, 2001, Rodriguez hit his 40th homer in the first inning, a two-run drive. Babe Ruth holds the major league record with seven consecutive seasons of 40 or more homers from 1926-32.

f+b Rafael Palmeiro followed with his 32nd homer of the season and the 522nd of his career, passing Ted Williams and Willie McCovey for 13th on the all-time list.

Hank Blalock also connected for Texas. Francisco Cordero (4-6) earned the win after his ninth blown save.

The Twins tied it at 10 in the ninth on a sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Jacque Jones.

Denny Hocking went 4-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs for Minnesota. Eddie Guardado (1-5) took the loss.

WHITE SOX 6, TIGERS 1: At Detroit, Magglio Ordonez hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning and Esteban Loaiza became the AL's first 18-game winner as Chicago beat Detroit.

The White Sox lead the AL Central by 1 1/2 games over Kansas City and Minnesota.

The Tigers lost their 101st game a day after joining the 1962 New York Mets as the only teams in the modern era to lose 100 times before September.

Loaiza (18-6) allowed one run and four hits, struck out eight and walked one in eight innings.

Joe Crede tied it at 1 with a leadoff homer in the eighth, his 18th, and the White Sox scored four runs in the ninth off reliever Danny Patterson.

Detroit starter Nate Cornejo (6-14) allowed two runs and six hits in 7 2/3 innings.

ANGELS 7, ROYALS 4: At Kansas City, Mo., Scott Spiezio and Garret Anderson each homered and drove in two runs, leading Anaheim past Kansas City in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader. The second game was postponed by rain.

Chone Figgins also had two RBIs for the Angels.

Scot Shields (4-4) went five innings for the victory despite throwing three wild pitches. Troy Percival got his 29th save in 31 chances.

Kansas City's Brian Anderson (10-11) gave up six runs on eight hits over six innings in his second start since being acquired from Cleveland.

INDIANS 5, BLUE JAYS 4: At Cleveland, ninth-inning throwing errors by catcher Kevin Cash and first baseman Frank Catalanotto allowed Cleveland to score two runs for a win over Toronto.