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  Friday, Sep. 8 7:05pm ET
Clemens remains unbeaten since June 9

BOSTON (AP) -- It's been three months since Roger Clemens' last loss, and he just keeps getting stronger.

Bryce Florie
Red Sox pitcher Bryce Florie was bloodied by a line drive to the face. Boston expects a report on his condition Saturday.

Clemens pitched five-hit ball for eight innings, and David Justice and Derek Jeter drove in two runs each as the New York Yankees increased their AL East lead over Boston to seven games with a 4-0 win over the Red Sox on Friday night.

"I'm throwing the way I want to and the way I know I can," Clemens said. "I'm healthy and I've got my legs back under me."

The game wound down on a scary note when Boston pitcher Bryce Florie was hit in the ninth by a liner off the bat of Ryan Thompson. The ball appeared to hit Florie below the right eye, and he was taken off the field on a cart with blood streaming down.

Florie was rushed to Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and team spokesman Kevin Shea said a report wasn't expected before Saturday.

"I've never seen that, something like that, up close," said Lou Merloni, who picked up the ball and threw out Thompson at first. "To hear the sound I heard from third base, it wasn't a good feeling."

Clemens (12-6) struck out seven, walked two and is 8-0 since spending 16 days on the disabled list with a strained groin. In his past three games, he's allowed just one run and 13 hits in 23 innings.

"The last six starts, we've seen the fire in his eyes," New York manager Joe Torre said of the former Red Sox ace. "It was apparent he was very determined when he came to the park today."

Dante Bichette, who returned to the AL on Aug. 31 for the first time since 1992, recognized Clemens as the pitcher who won three straight ERA titles in Bichette's three full seasons in the AL.

"You put the ball in play off him. That's all you can hope to do," said Bichette, who went 2-for-4 Friday and is 9-for-20 in his career against Clemens. "He's everything I remember him being."

Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect ninth. During the season, Clemens has left six games with leads his bullpen wasted.

Boston starter Tomo Ohka (3-4) allowed two runs on five hits in 6 1/3 innings as Boston remained two games behind Cleveland in the wild-card race.

"The first run, he made a good pitch and the ball fell in for Justice," Boston catcher Jason Varitek said. "The second run, he made a mistake by leaving a splitter high."

With one out in the fourth, Jeter was hit by a pitch and took second when Jose Offerman booted Paul O'Neill's grounder to second for an error. Jeter advanced on Tino Martinez's flyout and scored on Justice's single.

Ohka, who benefited from three double plays in the first five innings, weakened in the seventh when Justice led off with his 37th homer of the year, his 16th with the Yankees. Justice also had a two-run homer Thursday night in a 7-3 win at Kansas City and has 48 RBI in 57 games since being traded by Cleveland on June 29.

"We're a team. It's not about me," he said. "When guys get in scoring position, it's my job to drive them in."

Jeter finished the scoring with a two-run single in the ninth off Florie.

Clemens, who hasn't lost in 15 starts since June 9 against the New York Mets, lowered his ERA to 3.38, second in the AL behind Boston's Pedro Martinez (1.66), who starts Saturday.

On May 28, Clemens and Martinez each threw eight scoreless innings before Trot Nixon's two-run homer in the ninth gave Boston a 2-0 victory.

Clemens "is 100 percent in control of what he needs to do," Yankees catcher Jorge Posada said. "It's one of the best times I've seen him pitch."

Ohka left after Jose Canseco's one-out double, and Tim Wakefield retired the next two batters.

Clemens struck out the leadoff batter in the first, second and fourth, allowing only a single by Bichette and a triple by Merloni in that span.

He fanned the last two batters in the fifth before Nixon led off the sixth with a double. But Clemens retired the next three batters.

Boston threatened again in the seventh when a single by Bichette and a walk to Varitek put runners at first and second with two outs. But Merloni struck out.

Game notes
Yankees CF Bernie Williams missed his fourth straight game with a strained right ribcage. ... Boston 1B Brian Daubach was 0-for-12 in his career against Clemens before lining a single past the pitcher in the fifth. ... Ohka has pitched at least five innings in all eight starts this season. ... Canseco was hitless in 17 at-bats before going 2-for-2 with a walk against his former team. ... Jeter reached base four times on two walks, a hit-by-pitch and a single; he has reached safely in 33 consecutive games. He also stole two bases. ... New York is 11-4 in its last 15 road games.


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Chi. White Sox 5
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Toronto 3
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Texas 6
Kansas City 5

Anaheim 2
Baltimore 1

Tampa Bay 4
Oakland 0

Minnesota 4
Seattle 2

Houston 13
Chicago Cubs 10

Cincinnati 0
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 Despite his offense, David Justice gave credit to pitchers Roger Clemens and Tomo Ohka.
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 Commenting on teammate Bryce Florie's injury, Dante Bichette was at a loss for words.
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 Not knowing the extent of Florie's injury, catcher Jason Varitek hopes for the best.
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