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HOUSTON (Ticker) -- T.J. Tucker tossed two scoreless innings in relief to beat
- his idol - as the
, 5-2, in the rubber game of a three-game series.
Replacing emergency starter Sun-Woo Kim, Tucker struck out
with runners on the corners and two outs in the fifth before working a perfect sixth.
"It was unbelievable to get the win pitching against my idol," Tucker said. "He's so intense and I just love the way he goes about his business."
Replacing Tony Armas Jr., who was scratched due to a sore shoulder, Kim allowed one run and three hits in four innings. Kim allowed only a solo home run to
in the second before turning things over to the bullpen.
Tucker (2-1) and
each followed with two scoreless innings before
gave up an RBI single to
in the ninth.
"Stuff just worked out for us today and I was able to get in there at the right time," Tucker added. "The bullpen did a great job today. We didn't walk anybody, really, and we were able to keep them down and not give up a big inning."
The Expos tied the game on
's RBI single in the fifth, then broke it open with two runs in the seventh and eighth.
delivered RBI singles in the seventh and
hit back-to-back homers in the eighth.
"Everything just fell into place for us today," Expos Manager
said. "I was able to squeeze an extra inning out of Kim today and that was nice considering the circumstances. He gave us four solid innings and the offense was there when we needed it."
went 3-for-3 against Clemens, including a pair of doubles, and scored two runs.
"Anytime you have a game like that against a future Hall-of-Famer, it's a positive," Carroll said. "He's a guy that comes right after you and throws hard. He's an intimidating kind of guy."
Clemens (12-4) took the loss, yielding three runs - one earned - and eight hits in seven innings. It was the sixth time this season the 42-year old has produced a quality start without getting a decision.
"It's just disappointing," said Clemens, who tied a career high with two hits. "The success you have as an individual is one thing. We need to be doing it collectively. Right now, we are at the point where every step we take backwards is like two steps we have to take forwards. That is what we are up against and we know it."
"We haven't been pitching well with the exception of Roger," Astros manager
added. "Our bullpen hasn't been pitching well and today we couldn't amount to anything offensively."