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August 31, 2006

at Houston 1, Milwaukee 0: Roger Clemens struck out nine in seven shutout innings to match a season high in a no-decision and Mike Lamb scored on a strange play in the ninth for the Astros. After Willy Taveras grounded out against reliever Jose Capellan (2-1), Lamb and Craig Biggio singled to put runners at the corners, and Lance Berkman was intentionally walked. Aubrey Huff hit a sharp grounder that first baseman Jeff Cirillo caught. He touched first -- taking away a force home -- and then threw to catcher Damian Miller, who stepped on the plate but didn't tag Lamb.

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New York 11, at Colorado 3: David Wright hit a grand slam and drove in a season-high five runs, and Jose Valentin homered twice as the Mets earned the best record in baseball. New York improved to 82-49 (.626), percentage points better than Detroit.

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at San Diego 4, Arizona 1: Mike Piazza drove in two runs and Mike Thompson (4-5) earned his first victory since June 20.

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Philadelphia 5, at Washington 1: Cole Hamels (7-7) gave up four hits in eight innings and Ryan Howard had two RBIs.

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at Atlanta 5, San Francisco 3: Adam LaRoche hit three doubles and a triple, and drove in three runs for the Braves.

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at Pittsburgh 10, Chicago 9: Freddy Sanchez's second two-run single finished off a three-run rally in the 11th and the Pirates withstood 20 hits to sweep the Cubs.

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