MLB ROUNDUP \ Thursday’s games


Rockies 4, Yankees 3

DENVER — Roger Clemens couldn’t hold on for his 350th win and Colorado completed a three-game sweep. Matt Holliday’s RBI single with one out in the fifth broke a 2-2 tie and chased the Rocket, who failed to hold a 2-0 lead and allowed four earned runs and seven hits with one walk and six strikeouts. Rodrigo Lopez (4-0) survived Hideki Matsui’s 428-foot, two-run home run into the rock pile in center field and lasted 52⁄3 innings against the Yankees, who fell 101⁄2 games behind Boston in the AL East. The last time the Bronx Bombers visited Blake Street, in 2002, they set a stadium record by scoring 41 times in a three-game slugfest at Denver’s downtown ballpark. The Rockies, a major league-best 20-7 since May 22, cooled off the surging Yankees, who had won 14 of 17 coming into Coors Field. They outscored New York 13-5 in the series. Garrett Atkins and Troy Tulowitzki homered off Clemens (1-2).

Rangers 6, Cubs 5

ARLINGTON, Texas — Pinch-hitters Kenny Lofton and Frank Catalanotto singled off the gloves of diving Cubs outfielders in the bottom of the ninth inning, producing the winning run. Catalanotto hit a one-out liner down the right-field line that Angel Pagan nearly caught, sending Lofton home with the game winner. Lofton started the rally off Bob Howry (3-4) with a leadoff pinch-hit single, a sinking liner to left that Alfonso Soriano hauled in after a diving attempt but couldn’t hold onto when he hit the ground. Adam Melhuse, who had homered earlier, then had a sacrifice bunt. Eric Gagne (2-0), the fifth Texas pitcher, walked one in his scoreless inning.

Orioles 6, Padres 3

SAN DIEGO — Alberto Castillo hit his first home run in more than two years, leading Erik Bedard and the Orioles to the win. Castillo’s solo homer, off David Wells (3-5), was literally a money shot. Shortly before his at-bat in the sixth inning, a few dozen dollar bills came wafting from high in the seats, with several landing in the outfield and foul territory, and some reaching the Orioles dugout. Padres spokesman George Stieren said the bills were thrown by a fan in a suite on the third-base side of the downtown ballpark. The fan was ejected.

Dodgers 8, Blue Jays 4

TORONTO — Jeff Kent hit a two-run home run and Russell Martin doubled to spark a six-run rally in the eighth inning for Los Angeles. The Dodgers trailed 3-2 to begin the eighth before mounting a one-out rally against right-hander Casey Janssen (2-1). Janssen didn’t retire any of the six batters he faced, allowing six runs and five hits and a walk. The outing raised Janssen’s ERA from 0.95 to 2.37. He entered the game having allowed four earned runs in 38 innings this season. Rudy Seanez (4-1) got two outs for the victory.

Associated Press

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