In his first start since setting a major league record of 20 strikeouts against Seattle last Tuesday, Roger Clemens of the Boston Red Sox was "exhausted mentally."
Eight innings later, he was "totally exhausted physically" and bothered by a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand.
In between, Clemens allowed only three hits and struck out 10. Relief ace Bob Stanley struck out the side in the ninth and nailed down the Red Sox' 4-1 victory over the Oakland A's in Boston.
"I feel I got every little bit out of what I had today," Clemens (5-0) said. "I think I gave 100 percent of what I had. It's been a stressful week, but right now everything's real positive.
"A lot of things have happened since the 20 strikeouts . . . . I was worried it would carry over to today's start. Fortunately, I didn't let it affect me, but I was very mentally tired."
Dave Kingman ruined Clemens' shutout bid with his fourth home run of the season, into the left field screen leading off the seventh inning. The only other hits off Clemens were singles by Tony Phillips in the third and sixth innings. It was the seventh time in his career Clemens had struck out 10 or more.
Clemens, who underwent shoulder surgery last Aug. 30, walked two batters and, except for Kingman, did not allow a runner past first base. It was Stanley's fourth straight save.
Rick Langford (1-3) dropped his lifetime record against Boston to 2-10. Indians 6, White Sox 4: In Chicago, Brook Jacoby, who tied the game with an eighth-inning home run, hit a tie-breaking double in the 10th as Cleveland moved into first place in the AL East with its seventh straight win.
The victory put the Indians 11 percentage points ahead of the New York Yankees. The last time Cleveland was in first place this late in the season was May 17, 1981. They finished that strike-shortened season in sixth place overall.
"Sure, it feels good," said Jacoby. "Last year you could get three hits and it wouldn't mean anything because we would lose . . . . Our pitching keeps us close and that's how we're winning ball games."
Andre Thornton opened the 10th with a double to center field off Bob James (1-2) and went to third when John Cangelosi bobbled the ball for an error. Jacoby's double, his third hit of the game, scored pinch-runner Carmen Castillo, Jacoby took third on a single and scored on pinch-hitter Joe Carter's sacrifice fly. Scott Bailes (4-1) got the win.
Jacoby's home run came off Neil Allen, making his first AL start. Rangers 4, Yankees 3: Larry Parrish singled home the tie-breaking run in the eighth inning off Ron Guidry, giving Texas its second victory in three games this weekend in New York.
"Coming into Yankee Stadium and taking two of three is great, especially the way they've been playing," Parrish said. "We're just trying to play a good quality game. Now we've just got to get some strikes from our pitchers. It's a matter of them overcoming it."
Guidry (3-1) retired the first two batters in the eighth before Pete Incaviglia singled for his third hit. Toby Harrah then walked on four pitches and Parrish hit a solid single up the middle.
Reliever Mitch Williams (2-0) got the victory. Blue Jays 3, Mariners 2: Willie Upshaw's two-out infield single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning helped Toronto, playing at home, end its three-game losing streak.
Ernie Whitt led off the ninth against Seattle starter Mike Moore (1-3) with a walk and Damaso Garcia ran for him. Kelly Gruber sacrificed Garcia to second, Lloyd Moseby was walked intentionally, Tony Fernandez forced Moseby, Rance Mulliniks was walked intentionally to load the bases, then Upshaw slapped the ball to Denny Tartabull in short right field and beat the throw to first with a diving slide.
Cliff Johnson hit his second homer of the year for Toronto in the second inning, an opposite-field drive that just cleared the right field fence. Brewers 5, Angels 3: Ted Higuera allowed five hits in 7 1/3 innings and Rob Deer hit a two-run double to give Milwaukee the victory at home over California.
With Milwaukee trailing by 2-0 in the fourth, Higuera (4-1) retired the next 10 batters. He struck out four and walked three. Mark Clear finished for his second save. Tigers 4, Twins 1: In Detroit, Darnell Coles, Lou Whitaker and Lance Parrish hit home runs and pitcher Frank Tanana ended Kirby Puckett's hitting streak at 16 games as the Tigers beat Minnesota.
Tanana (4-1) allowed six hits, struck out four batters and walked one in 8 2/3 innings before Willie Hernandez took over and picked up his sixth save. Puckett was hitless in four at-bats. He had hit home runs in each of his last four games during the major leagues' longest hitting streak this season.
Tanana was working on a no-hitter before Tim Laudner and Alex Sanchez singled in the fifth.