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Clemens collects 315th win

Roger Clemens recovered from a rough start to move past Gaylord Perry for 15th place on the career wins list and Lance Berkman homered and drove in two runs to lead the Astros past the Cincinnati Reds, 6-1, last night in Houston.

Clemens won the 315th game of his career -- his ninth victory in a row. Next up for The Rocket is Phil Niekro with 318.

Clemens (5-0) also became the first Astros' pitcher to win five games in April, making the first start of his 21-year career against Cincinnati a memorable one.

But it looked like The Rocket might be grounded before he could get started.

Clemens walked four of the first seven batters he faced, loading the bases and eventually walking in D'Angelo Jimenez for the Reds' first run of the game.

But Clemens worked himself out of the jam by striking out Jacob Cruz, leaving three men on base.

From there, Clemens only got stronger.

He retired the Reds in order for two innings before giving up his first hit of the game to Adam Dunn in the fourth.

Cardinals 4, Cubs 3 -- LaTroy Hawkins walked Mike Matheny to force in the game-winning run in the ninth inning, spoiling a sharp outing by Kerry Wood.

With the score tied, St. Louis rallied against three relievers in the ninth with the help of four walks.

Giants 12, Marlins 9 -- Rookie Brian Dallimore's grand slam highlighted San Francisco's rally from an early seven-run deficit, and Barry Bonds forced in the go-ahead run with a bases-loaded walk in the fifth inning of the Giants' victory over visiting Florida.

Jeffrey Hammonds also homered and Pedro Feliz drove in three runs during San Francisco's best offensive performance of the season. Marquis Grissom had four hits and Edgardo Alfonzo drove in two runs as the Giants pounded out 16 hits.

Dodgers 13, Expos 4 -- Paul Lo Duca ended a 65-game homerless drought and Shawn Green also homered for host Los Angeles.

Kazuhisa Ishii (4-1) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings, helping send the Expos to their fifth straight loss and 16th in 19 games. He struck out two and walked two.

Phillies 4, Diamondbacks 0 -- Randy Wolf extended his scoreless inning streak to 21 and Bobby Abreu and Jim Thome hit consecutive homers to lead the host Phillies.

Wolf (2-1) pitched seven innings, allowing five hits and one walk. He struck out five.

Padres 7, Mets 6 -- Brian Giles hit a two-run homer to start San Diego's comeback from a five-run deficit and Ramon Vazquez drove in the go-ahead run with an RBI single in the fifth, leading the hosts to the win.

Pirates 4, Brewers 2 -- Kris Benson had his longest outing in nearly a year, Raul Mondesi hit three doubles, and Pittsburgh won at Milwaukee.

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The game between the Atlanta Braves and Colorado in Denver was postponed by snow and will be made up as part of a split doubleheader today with start times of 3:05 and 8:05. . . .
In late games Thursday night, San Diego beat Montreal, 2-1, and the New York Mets topped the Los Angeles Dodgers, 6-1.

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