LOS ANGELES (AP) – Roger Clemens again got no run support from the Houston Astros, and Jeff Weaver and Duaner Sanchez combined on an eight-hitter to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 1-0 victory on Sunday.

The 43-year-old Clemens allowed two hits and struck out five in six innings, but the Dodgers scored in the eighth on Oscar Robles’ RBI single off Chad Qualls (4-3).

This was the eighth time in Clemens’ 27 starts this season the Astros were shut out, and the fifth time by a 1-0 score – including three games that went extra innings. Clemens lost 2-0 at San Diego on Tuesday, retiring 17 consecutive batters at one point in his first complete game since July 30, 2003.

Before this season, the 22-year veteran had 27 shutout losses in 640 regular season starts. The Astros were not shut out in any of his 33 starts last season, when he won his record seventh Cy Young Award with an 18-4 record.

The Astros were blanked for the 16th time this season, the most in the majors.

Pitching in stifling 92-degree heat on Sunday, Clemens threw 26 pitches in the second inning and 25 in the fourth. He lowered his major league-leading ERA from 1.56 to 1.51.

Weaver (13-8) allowed seven hits over eight innings, struck out 10 and walked none. The right-hander had nine strikeouts over the first five innings – already tying the season high for any Dodgers pitcher – and escaped a jam with the bases loaded in the second by striking out Clemens after a two-out infield single by Brad Ausmus.

Sanchez got three outs for his fourth save, as Weaver won his sixth straight decision over nine starts.

Hee-Seop Choi batted for Weaver in the eighth and doubled to left-center with one out. Robles drove him in with two outs.

Craig Biggio was sent up to bat for Clemens in the seventh after a one-out single by Ausmus. Biggio, who has been hit by a major league-record 271 pitches, leaned into the first pitch he saw from Weaver and it struck him near the left elbow. But umpire Doug Eddings ordered Biggio to stay in the batter’s box, ruling that he purposely got hit.

Biggio and manager Phil Garner argued to no avail. Biggio then flied out to right field and slammed his bat in disgust before running to first base. Eddings pointed to the bat, signifying that Biggio would be fined for his actions, then ejected him for continuing the argument. Biggio then threw his batting helmet away and at one point, had to be restrained by third base coach Doug Mansolino. Garner was ejected moments later by Eddings.

Notes: Former Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Carl Erskine played “God Bless America” and the National Anthem on his harmonica. … Johnny Podres, who went the distance to beat the Yankees 2-0 in Game 7 of the 1955 World Series, threw a ceremonial first pitch to Roy Campanella II, the son of the legendary Brooklyn catcher and three-time NL MVP, who died in 1993, at age 71. … Astros closer Brad Lidge went across the field after the 55 Dodgers ceremony to get a ball autographed by Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax and get his picture taken with him. … Only four times in Clemens’ career has he been on a team that had a losing record over a 162-game season. During those four seasons he had a combined record of 70-41 with a 2.87 ERA and two Cy Youngs.

AP-ES-08-28-05 1915EDT


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