Final in 10

Astros 14

(11-11, 6-5 away)

Tigers 11

(11-12, 6-7 home)

    1:05 PM ET, March 28, 2005

    Joker Marchant Stadium, Lakeland, Florida 

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    Clemens: 'Hamstring was free and lose'

    LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- He looked like the Roger Clemens of old for the first four innings Monday. Then, he just looked old.

    The 42-year-old Clemens seemed dominant as ever through the first four innings of an exhibition against Detroit, scattering four harmless hits. But the Tigers broke through for three runs after the Houston right-hander tired in the fifth, and they scored four more in the sixth.

    Clemens got a standing ovation from the fans at Joker Marchant Stadium as he left after completing six innings, trailing 7-6. He allowed 12 hits, two of them homers, while walking one and striking out seven.

    The Astros eventually won 14-11 in 10 innings.

    This was the third start of the spring for Clemens, but the first since March 18, when he left a game against Detroit with a strained right hamstring. Clemens, who won his seventh Cy Young last season, threw 90 pitches in a simulated game March 24 in Kissimmee.

    "I wanted to get out of here with less ice bags than last time," Clemens said. "I've only got four on now. Last time it was five."

    Astros manager Phil Garner had intended to keep Clemens on a 90-pitch count, but it didn't work out quite that way.

    "I went out to the mound at 94, and he said he wanted to keep going," Garner said. "I frankly thought his 99th pitch was his best."

    Clemens eventually finished at 109 pitches, 70 for strikes.

    "The hamstring was free and lose," Clemens said. "I was able to jog to the mound, which I couldn't do the other day."

    Detroit starter Nate Robertson gave up six runs and six hits. He was replaced by Ugueth Urbina after walking the first two batters in the Houston fifth. Urbina got out of the inning quickly with two strikeouts and an infield fly.

    Urbina, who lost his closer's job when the Tigers signed free agent Troy Percival during the offseason, struck out the side in the Astros sixth.

    Houston took a 2-0 lead in the second. One run scored on Carlos Rivera's RBI single, the other came when Detroit catcher Vance Wilson bit on Rivera's fake attempt to steal second, allowing Chris Burke to trot home from third.

    Jeff Bagwell and Burke each hit two-run homers, giving the Astros a 6-0 lead in the third.

    Omar Infante, Carlos Guillen and Magglio Ordonez had RBI as the Tigers made it 6-3 in the fifth. Carlos Pena and Jason Smith each hit two-run homers -- among the five hits the Tigers collected off Clemens to go up 7-6 in the sixth.

    Houston regained the lead on Mike Lamb's two-run single in the seventh, but Detroit made it 8-8 on Mike Hessman's solo homer in the bottom of the inning.

    Eric Bruntlett's RBI single off Mike James gave Houston a 9-8 lead in the eighth.

    The Astros got two more in the ninth, one on Burke's RBI single and another on Steve Colyer's wild pitch.

    Hessman's three-run homer off Ezequiel Astacio tied it at 11 in the bottom of the ninth.

    Percival gave up three straight singles to start the 10th, including an RBI liner by Willy Taveras. A sacrifice fly by Burke and RBI single by Rivera put the Astros ahead by three.

    Game notes
    Detroit catcher Ivan Rodriguez was ejected by umpire Dusty Dellinger in the top of the second. Rodriguez said something Dellinger didn't like after a the count had gone to 1-0 on Houston catcher Brad Ausmus. Tigers manager Alan Trammell also was tossed for protesting the Rodriguez ejection too long and too hard. ... Detroit reliever Fernando Rodney had to leave the game with a sore shoulder after facing just one batter in the ninth. Pitching coach Bob Cluck said, however, the problem wasn't related to Rodney's elbow, which underwent Tommy John surgery, keeping him out of baseball last season.

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