Arizona (32-70) at Houston (50-50)

Cloudy Currently: Houston, TX
Temp: 67° F
  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Wed Jul 28, 2004
  • TV: FSAZ
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Roger Clemens has been compared to Nolan Ryan for most of his career.

He’ll looks to move a step closer to tying Ryan on the all-time wins list as the Houston Astros continue a four-game series with the hapless Arizona Diamondbacks.

Clemens has 321 wins, two behind Ryan and Don Sutton for 12th place on the career list.

Clemens, a six-time AL Cy Young Award winner, began the season with a 9-0 record, but has faltered of late. He is 2-3 with a 4.03 ERA in eight starts since June 8.

Clemens did not receive a decision after yielding a season high-tying three homers in a 7-6 loss to The Milwaukee Brewers on Friday. The hard-throwing right-hander gave up five runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings.

“I was grinding. That’s the word we use right now,” said Clemens, who has 133 strikeouts and a 2.85 ERA.

Adam Everett hit two of Houston’s season-high four homers and Roy Oswalt pitched seven innings of two-hit ball to lead the Astros past the major league-worst Diamondbacks 10-3 on Tuesday.

Jeff Bagwell hit a three-run homer and Jeff Kent had a two-run shot for Houston, which has won five of its last seven games.

Arizona was beaten badly again after snapping a franchise-record 14-game losing streak in the series opener.

The Diamondbacks will counter Clemens with another former Boston Red Sox pitcher—Casey Fossum.

Fossum, a key component in the trade that sent Curt Schilling to the Red Sox over the winter, has failed to live up to expectations. He has lost his last three decisions, falling to 2-9 with a 6.17 ERA.

The left-hander is 1-6 with a 5.53 ERA in eight road starts this year.

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C. Fossum Bal vs. R. Clemens NYY
4-15 Record 18-4
6.65 ERA 2.98
117 K 218
63 BB 79
1.65 WHIP 1.16