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Bats carry Yankees to Clemens' 290th win

8/14/2002

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Roger Clemens wound up with his 290th career victory, thanks to Bernie Williams and the rest of the New York bats.

Williams homered, doubled and drove in four runs to help Clemens
and the Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 10-5 Tuesday night.

Clemens (10-3) won despite allowing five runs on 10 hits and four walks in five-plus innings. He reached 10 wins for the 16th time in his career, the most among active pitchers.

"I'm disappointed I didn't go deeper,'' Clemens said. "I really felt I had good stuff. They made me work for it each inning. Fortunately for me and the guys tonight, we kept pouring it on offensively.''

Every Yankees starter except Jason Giambi had a hit, and he walked three times. Robin Ventura homered to highlight a four-run
seventh inning as the Yankees broke away.

Trailing 6-4, the Royals loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth. But Steve Karsay relieved and got three groundball outs, holding Kansas City to one run.

"It was an unbelievable job by Karse. He came in at the breaking point in the game and did a tremendous job getting out of that. As a starter, you never want to put a guy in that position,'' Clemens said.

Karsay said he takes great pride in not allowing inherited
runners to score.

"You want to get out of the inning with the lead,'' he said. "I take a lot of pride in that stat. That's my main objective when I come into the game.''

Clemens is 7-0 in his last eight starts against Kansas City, dating back to 1997.

The Yankees have won 11 of the last 12 games against Kansas City, and 31 of the last 39.

Jeff Suppan (8-12) gave up six runs on eight hits and five walks
in 5 2/3 innings.

Mike Sweeney hit a double in his first at-bat in nearly a month, and went 2-for-5 for the Royals. He was activated from the disabled list prior to the game after missing 30 games with a back and hip strain.

"It felt good to be in the locker room with the guys and to be in a big league uniform,'' Sweeney said. "Unfortunately it didn't work out the way I wanted. They had us on the ropes and capitalized, and we didn't. When we have them on the ropes, we have to take advantage.''

Williams hit his 16th homer of the season, a two-run shot in the
first inning. He passed Don Mattingly for seventh place on the
Yankees' career home run list with 223.

"It makes me feel great, the fact that I stuck around for this long,'' Williams said. "He was a great teacher for all of us who have been around for so long.''

After Chuck Knoblauch doubled and scored in the bottom half,
Williams drove in two more runs in the third. Alfonso Soriano
singled, Giambi walked, both runners moved up on a wild pitch and
Williams doubled.

Clemens struck out Raul Ibanez with the bases loaded to end the
third and protect a 4-1 lead.

John Vander Wal homered leading off the sixth to give the
Yankees a 6-4 lead. The Royals got a run back in the bottom half on
Knoblauch's grounder.

Ventura led off the seventh with his 24th homer. The Yankees then loaded the bases with no outs, and Shane Spencer hit an RBI single and Soriano had a two-run single.

Game notes
The Yankees hit three more home runs, giving them a major-league-leading 177. They have hit 100 in the last 67 games. The Royals have allowed 100 home runs this season. ... Joe Randa's RBI in the fifth gave him 499 in his career. ... The gametime temperature was 70 degrees, the coolest since May 25 (67 degrees). ... The Royals committed two errors, giving them 99 this season, second most in the American League behind Detroit.