The New York Mets pounded Roger Clemens for seven runs in 2 2/3 innings, ending his streak of 20 consecutive wins and their own eight-game losing streak with a 7-2 victory over the New York Yankees last night at Yankee Stadium.
Mike Piazza hit a two-run homer and Al Leiter (5-3) allowed one run and four hits in seven innings as the Mets salvaged the finale of the three-game Subway Series.
The Yankees' Derek Jeter went 0 for 4, failing to reach base by hit or walk for the first time this season. He had reached safely in all 53 games this season and 57 straight dating from last year. He was on deck when the final out was made.
Clemens's streak ends up tied with Rube Marquard for third longest in major league history. Roy Face won 22 consecutive decisions for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1958-59. Carl Hubbell has the major league mark of 24, set with the Giants in 1936-37.
Clemens (5-1) lost for the first time since May 29, 1998.
REDS 14, ROYALS 3: Sean Casey had five of Cincinnati's 22 hits as the Reds won in Kansas City, Mo., for their eighth consecutive victory, all on the road.
The Reds swept the three-game series and stretched the Royals' losing streak to eight.
Cincinnati, which has won 13 of its last 15 road games and owns the second-best road mark (18-8) in the majors, passed the Chicago Cubs to move into second place in the NL Central, 1 1/2 games behind Houston. The Reds haven't been alone in second place this deep into a season since winning the division in 1995.
Eight Reds starters had at least two hits. Casey, who was 5 for 10 with five RBI in Saturday's doubleheader, was 5 for 6 to raise his average to .393 and also scored three runs.
"Now I'm really feeling like I'm back to where I want to be," said Casey, who was 10 for 16 in the three games and remained among the leaders in eight NL offensive categories. "I was striking out a lot."
BRAVES 3, RED SOX 2: Hit in the helmet earlier in the game, Javy Lopez came back with another winning hit in Boston.
Lopez delivered an RBI single in the 10th inning that won it for Atlanta. On Saturday, Lopez hit a two-run double that gave the Braves a 6-5 win, ending closer Tom Gordon's major league record of converting 54 consecutive save opportunities.
Yesterday, Lopez fouled off a pair of pitches from Jim Corsi before singling up the middle.
"After I got two strikes on me, I was looking for something off-speed," Lopez said. "On a fastball in I can adjust, but not on an off-speed pitch. He hung it."
BLUE JAYS 9, EXPOS 2: Although Tony Fernandez homered and drove in three runs, he doesn't want to bat cleanup again.
Fernandez, batting in the fourth spot of the lineup for the first time in his career, had three hits as Toronto won at home against Montreal.
With Shawn Green injured, Toronto Manager Jim Fregosi moved leadoff hitter Shannon Stewart into the third spot. Stewart struggled, so Fregosi bumped Carlos Delgado into the third spot and batted Fernandez cleanup.
Asked if he was upset, Fernandez, who leads the AL with a .391 average, said: "No, but I'm confused. I don't know what's going on."
ROCKIES 10, BREWERS 5: Colorado hit a team-record four home runs in an eight-run seventh inning as it rallied to beat visiting Milwaukee.
Henry Blanco's two-run homer off Scott Karl (5-5) tied the score at 4. Neifi Perez, Dante Bichette and Angel Echevarria hit homers against reliever David Weathers.
MARINERS 4, PADRES 1: More than two months into the season, San Diego still hasn't won three straight games. Tom Lampkin homered and hit an RBI double, and Edgar Martinez hit his 10th homer as Seattle avoided a sweep in San Diego.
TWINS 13, ASTROS 6: Javier Valentin came within a single of the cycle, and Minnesota got a season-high 21 hits against visiting Houston.
MARLINS 11, DEVIL RAYS 6: Tim Hyers hit the first two home runs of his career and rookie Bruce Aven added his second grand slam of the season as Florida swept the three-game series.
"This is as bad a weekend as you can play at home," said Tampa Bay Manager Larry Rothschild, whose team has lost eight straight games at Tropicana Field.
INDIANS 4, CUBS 2: In Cleveland, Roberto Alomar drove in three runs and Charles Nagy won his fourth straight start.
WHITE SOX 4, PIRATES 3: Frank Thomas drove in three runs, including the 1,000th of his career, to lead Chicago over visiting Pittsburgh.
Thomas's RBI single in the first inning made him the fifth active player with 1,000 RBI and 1,000 walks, joining Cal Ripken Jr., Chili Davis, Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire.
CARDINALS 8, TIGERS 4: In Detroit, St. Louis showed a new version of its Big Mac Attack and took two of three in the interleague series.
McGwire had two hits, including a go-ahead single in the seventh inning. Willie McGee also had two hits and drove in two runs, and Joe McEwing added a squeeze bunt and a single.
ANGELS 7, DODGERS 5: Ken Hill (3-4) overcame a shaky start to pitch six strong innings, and Troy Glaus hit a three-run homer as Anaheim salvaged the finale of the interleague series before a sellout crowd of 53,778 at Dodger Stadium.
ATHLETICS 7, GIANTS 6: In San Francisco, Matt Stairs hit a tiebreaking home run in the ninth inning and Oakland avoided a three-game sweep in their interleague series.
DIAMONDBACKS 4, RANGERS 2: In Phoenix, Andy Benes struck out 10 Texas batters in eight strong innings. Jay Bell had an RBI single and scored on a double by Matt Williams in a three-run fifth inning that included a key sacrifice by Benes.
CAPTION: Mark Grace of the Cubs manages to hit the ball as he loses the bat against the Indians. Grace was thrown out at first base, and the Indians won, 4-2.