Clemens, in his third bid to win his 300th career game, departed with a 1-0 lead in the seventh and
aboard. The 40-year-old righthander had been bothered by a cold and the team said he left with an upper respiratory infection after throwing 84 pitches.
"He knew he was coming out, it was the second visit," Yankees manager
said. "He was grumbling about the balls and strikes calls at that point. He's an animated guy and he gets into it, whether it's 300 or not."
Before Clemens (6-4) had a chance to get settled in the dugout,
's first pitch into the left field bleachers for his sixth home run and a 3-1 lead.
Acevedo had five saves in April, when closer
was on the disabled list, but has given up 13 runs and 16 hits in 13 2/3 innings over his last 12 appearances.
"It's one of the biggest victories a pitcher can get, so no one feels worse than I do," said Acevedo. "I tried to go outside with a fastball and got it out too much over the plate. I've had some control problems of late and that was it right there."
"He throws a lot of fastballs up, I know he throws a lot of fastballs and Dusty (Baker) told me to look for something up," Karros said. "I faced him a few times in Colorado and when he was with the Mets. I'm not trying to do too much in that situation and that's when good things happen, when you're just trying to make contact."
Wood (5-4) gave up one run and three hits with three walks and 11 strikeouts and recorded his 50th career win. Wood, a hard-throwing righthander from Texas like Clemens, threw 76 of 120 pitches for strikes and fanned at least 10 for the sixth time this year and 32nd time in his career.
"We don't like to lose at home and we don't want to see any milestones against us," Wood said. "We didn't want him to get 300 here."
Clemens gave up two runs and three hits with a walk and five strikeouts in his first career appearance at Wrigley Field. He is next slated to start Friday at home against the St. Louis Cardinals.
"Everything considered I felt good," Clemens said in a statement released through the team's public relations staff. "I went long and hard the whole way. It just didn't work out. With the game being close, they just needed one big hit and they got it. I really don't think (the infection) affected my pitching. I just took a little more time between pitches."
Karros entered the game in the fourth inning, when first baseman
Hee Seop Choi
collided with Wood while catching a popup. Choi laid motionless on the field for 17 minutes before being taken on a stretcher to a Illinois Masonic Hospital. Choi was alert and talking in the ambulance.
"We pulled togeether and it seemed like we focused even more after that happened," Wood said of Choi. "I was able to stay focused throughout the game. I would have liked to finish the eighth, but I ran out of gas a little at the end."
The Yankees did not get a ball out of the infield until rookie
led off the fifth inning and lined Wood's 3-2 pitch over the right field fence for his sixth home run and a 1-0 lead. Wood bounced back immediately as he retired seven of the next eight batters before Matsui began the eighth with a single up the middle.