Clemens shows grit in win

Not overpowering, Rocket uses guile to give Astros 2-1 lead in series

Astros 4 Cardinals 3

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Baseball

October 16, 2005|By MIKE FITZPATRICK

HOUSTON
AFTER ALL, THIS IS WHY HE PUT OFF RETIREMENT — HOUSTON -- Missing his most overpowering stuff, 43-year-old Roger Clemens gritted his teeth and pushed his hometown Houston Astros closer to their first World Series.

After all, this is why he put off retirement - twice.

Clemens held the Cardinals in check with six gutsy innings, Mike Lamb homered and Houston held off St. Louis, 4-3, yesterday in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series.

NLCS Game 4 Cardinals (Suppan, 16-10) @Astros (Backe, 10-8), 4:45 p.m. today, Chs. 45, 5

LEAGUE CHAMP. SERIES

(Best of seven; *-if necessary)

American League

L.A. Angels vs. Chicago White Sox

(Chicago leads series 3-1)

Game 1 -- Los Angeles 3, Chicago 2

Game 2 -- Chicago 2, Los Angeles 1

Game 3 -- Chicago 5, Los Angeles 2

Yesterday -- Chicago 8, Los Angeles 2

Today -- Chicago (Contreras 14-8) @ Los Angeles (Byrd 12-11), 8:15 p.m.

*Tuesday -- L.A.@Chicago, 8:28 p.m.

*Wednesday -- L.A.@Chicago, 8:28 p.m.

National League

Houston vs. St. Louis

(Houston leads series 2-1)

Game 1 -- St. Louis 5, Houston 3

Game 2 -- Houston 4, St. Louis 1

Yesterday -- Houston 4, St. Louis 3

Today -- St. Louis (Suppan 16-10) @ Houston (Backe 10-8), 4:45 p.m. Tomorrow -- St. Louis (Carpenter 21-5) @ Houston (Pettitte 17-9), 8:28 p.m. *Wednesday -- Hou.@St. Louis, 4:19 p.m.

*Thursday -- Houston@St. Louis, 8:28 p.m.

WORLD SERIES

(Best of seven; *-if necessary)

Oct. 22 -- NL@AL, 8 p.m.

Oct. 23 -- NL@AL, 8:10 p.m.

Oct. 25 -- AL@NL, 8:30 p.m.

Oct. 26 -- AL@NL, 8:25 p.m.

*Oct. 27 -- AL@NL, 8:25 p.m.

*Oct. 29 -- NL@AL, 7:55 p.m.

*Oct. 30 -- NL@AL, 7:55 p.m.

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