Roger Clemens, hoping to become just the eighth pitcher to 350 career victories while halting the New York Yankee's three-game skid, had a rude awakening Thursday night.
Denied his milestone, the Rocket's streak of consecutive starts with at least one strikeout ended at an incredible 200 (third-longest active) as the Bronx Bombers lost to the Baltimore Orioles, 4-0.
After five shutout innings, Clemens' fell apart in the four-run sixth, with a three-run smash finale to Aubrey Huff.
"It's my fault. I've been in hundreds of those types of games," Clemens said after New York's seventh loss in their last eight games.Big league strikeout leader, Erik Bedard (6-4, 3.36 ERA) gave up two hits and a walk over seven outstanding innings.
The lefty struck out eight and did not allow a runner to touch second base.
Chris Gomez singled for the O's before Nick Markakis drew a walk to put Gomez in scoring position in the home half of the sixth. Ramon Hernandez then singled in the game's first run and Huff put an end to his career-worst homer drought at 143 at-bats.