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Rocket deals, but Rockies rally to win

AP PhotoHouston Astros starting pitcher Roger Clemens throws to the plate against Colorado Rockies during the first inning at Coors Field in Denver, Tuesday.
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DENVER – Roger Clemens left with a lead. For the third time this season, the Houston Astros failed to hold it.After Clemens allowed just four hits in seven innings, Garrett Atkins hit a grand slam in the eighth off Russ Springer that led the Colorado Rockies to a 6-5 victory Tuesday night.

Morgan Ensberg had a grand slam and five RBIs to back Clemens, who leads the major leagues with a 1.50 ERA but is just 6-3. Clemens allowed a fourth-inning homer to Preston Wilson – the first run off the Rocket on the road in 49 1-3 innings since Sept. 14 at St. Louis.Houston’s Craig Biggio was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning against Jason Jennings, tying Don Baylor’s post-1900 major league record of 267 times getting hit. Biggio has been hit 11 times this season – his 10th time in double digits in 12 seasons.Clemens struck out seven, walked two and left after 107 pitches with a 5-1 lead.

Danny Ardoin singled off Chad Qualls leading off the eighth, and Cory Sullivan singled with one out. John Franco relieved and got pinch-hitter Luis Gonzalez to ground into a forceout, but Todd Helton followed with an RBI single.Russ Springer (1-3) came in and walked Wilson on a 3-2 pitch, loading the bases. After falling behind 1-2, Atkins homered into the center-field seats for his first career slam. David Cortes (1-0) worked a scoreless eighth, and Brian Fuentes finished for his ninth save in 11 chances.

Ensberg hit a sacrifice fly in the first and homered in the fifth off Jennings. He has nine homers and 25 RBIs in his last 22 games. Notes: RHP Mike DeJean threw a bullpen session and will make the trip to St. Louis with the Rockies. … Rockies pitchers lead the NL with 49 hit batters.


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