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Sunday, August 20, 2006

Brewers Lose To Astros 1-3



From Sportsline.com:

The Houston Astros needed a good starting pitching performance Sunday after they used five relievers Saturday night. Luckily for them, they had Roger Clemens on the mound.

Clemens struck out seven in seven innings to get his 346th career win, leading the Astros over the Milwaukee Brewers 3-1.

Clemens (5-4) gave up six hits and one run to improve to 3-0 with a no-decision in his last four starts. He allowed just one runner past second base, lowering his ERA to 2.58, and threw 80 of his 108 pitches for strikes.

Astros manager Phil Garner was most impressed with Clemens' decision to pitch the seventh inning and save a weary, and struggling bullpen.

"What can you say about this guy?" Garner said. "I am continually amazed. ... There are just hundreds of pitchers out there you can't get another inning. They'll go out there and try it for you, but they don't get it done."

Clemens said he knew the significance of the seventh, in which he allowed a leadoff single before retiring the side in order and giving way to three relievers who did not allow another run. Dan Wheeler pitched the ninth for his fourth save -- a day after Houston pitchers combined to walk 11 and hit two batters in a 6-4 loss to Milwaukee.

"I knew ahead of time our guys have been used a lot out there in the bullpen," Clemens said. "I was just real fortunate to get the seventh under our belt, so we didn't have to use the guys too much."

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