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Clemens rebounds to pick up Astros

Roger Clemens won his first game in three weeks, a 5-3 victory over the San Diego Padres yesterday at Minute Maid Park that stopped the Astros' four-game losing streak and gave Phil Garner his first win as Houston's manager. Clemens (11-3), rocked for six runs in the first inning during Tuesday's All-Star Game, had been 0-1 in three starts since beating Pittsburgh June 24.

He retired 16 consecutive batters starting with the final out of the first and got his 321st win, moving three behind Nolan Ryan and Don Sutton, who share 12th place on the career list. Clemens allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings, striking out five to raise his career total to 4,099.

Brad Lidge got three outs for his eighth save in 10 chances, allowing Ryan Klesko's homer before completing the five-hitter. Carlos Beltran, Jeff Kent, and Craig Biggio hit solo homers, and Adam Everett went 3 for 4 with a two-run double as Houston avoided getting swept in the three-game series. Beltran's first-inning homer was his seventh since the Astros acquired him from Kansas City June 24, but his first in Houston.

Padres starter Brian Lawrence (10-7) allowed five runs and 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Garner, who replaced Jimy Williams Wednesday, got his first win since he was Detroit's manager in 2001.

Rockies 10, Giants 9 -- At Denver, Jeromy Burnitz and Preston Wilson each homered off San Francisco closer Matt Herges and Aaron Miles capped Colorado's four-run ninth with an RBI single. The Giants led, 9-6, after Deivi Cruz hit a tiebreaking homer to lead off the eighth and Michael Tucker and Barry Bonds hit solo shots in the top of the ninth.

Mets 6, Phillies 1 -- Al Leiter (6-3) pitched six shutout innings, and Mike Cameron and Vance Wilson hit back-to-back homers in the fifth as host New York salvaged a split of the four-game series.

Cardinals 10, Reds 4 -- At Cincinnati, Mike Matheny drove in three runs and Jeff Suppan (9-5) won his third straight start, leading St. Louis to its 11th win in 13 games.

Braves 16, Expos 5 -- Eli Marrero hit a grand slam in the first, Chipper Jones finished a double short of the cycle, and host Atlanta won its sixth straight series.

Brewers 4, Cubs 2 -- Chris Capuano (4-5) pitched six strong innings, Scott Podsednik had three hits, and visiting Milwaukee took advantage of Chicago's bullpen after Cubs starter Kerry Wood shut down the Brewers through six innings.

Dodgers 10, Diamondbacks 3 -- At Phoenix, Cesar Izturis drove in a career-best four runs and Adrian Beltre hit his 23d homer to match his high for Los Angeles, which swept the four-game series.

Pirates 4, Marlins 2 -- Pinch hitter Bobby Hill's go-ahead homer in the eighth gave Pittsburgh its 10th win in a row at home and capped a three-game sweep of Florida.

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