Cincinnati (63-74) at Houston (75-63)

Mostly Cloudy Currently: Houston, TX
Temp: 80° F
  • Game info: 2:05 pm EDT Wed Sep 8, 2004
  • TV: FSSW
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It seems like every time Roger Clemens takes the mound, he makes history.

Houston is hoping the future Hall-of-Famer keeps taking them along for the ride as the Astros continue their playoff push against Cincinnati at Minute Maid Park.

Clemens’ last start saw him earn his 325th career win with a gutty 8-6 decision over Pittsburgh on Friday night, moving him past Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan and Don Sutton for sole possession of 12th place on the career wins list.

After stumbling for much of the year, the Astros are finally matching their ace’s brilliant season, and are making a furious rush in hopes of making the postseason.

Houston extended its winning streak to 11 games with a 9-7 victory over Cincinnati on Tuesday night, pulling within a half-game of Chicago in the NL wild-card race. The Cubs lost at Montreal, 6-5 in 12 innings on Tuesday night.

The Astros are on the second-longest winning streak in club history. The team record is 12 straight from Sept. 3-14, 1999.

A possible injury to All-Star center fielder Carlos Beltran might keep him out of Wednesday’s game however, as he was forced to leave in the seventh inning Tuesday after being hit by a pitch from Aaron Myette. The team said he bruised his right elbow and is day-to-day.

Cincinnati is a team moving in a decidedly different direction, having lost nine of its last 11 games.

Sean Casey homered twice and Jason LaRue added a three-run shot in a losing effort for the Reds, who had won five of six with the Astros before this current series.

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J. Acevedo Bal vs. R. Clemens NYY
5-12 Record 18-4
5.94 ERA 2.98
117 K 218
45 BB 79
1.48 WHIP 1.16