(AP) With two World Series rings and plenty of postseason experience over his 21-year career, Roger Clemens knows a lot about winning.
But the Houston Astros’ furious push for the playoffs has left even The Rocket at a loss for a comparison.
Clemens got his 326 win to tie Eddie Plank for 11th on the career list, and the Astros hit four first-inning home runs to beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-2 Wednesday and tie a team record with their 12 straight win.
“I’ve been on clubs throughout my career who’ve won quite a few in a row,” Clemens said, “but I don’t know if it’s ever been like this.”
Jeff Bagwell, Lance Berkman, Craig Biggio and Mike Lamb homered in the first off Jose Acevedo (5-11), sending Houston on its longest winning streak since taking 12 in a row from Sept. 3-14, 1999.
Houston has won 20 of 23 since Aug. 15 for the best record in the major leagues over that stretch.
“We’re on a nice roll right now,” Bagwell said. “It’s kind of been amazing to me, all the home runs we’re hitting. I’ve never seen it quite like this.”
The Astros, who began the day a half-game behind the Chicago Cubs in the NL wild-card race, tied Tampa Bay (June 9-22) for the longest win streak in the major leagues this season. Cincinnati continued its late-season swoon, losing for the 10 time in 12 games to fall 12 games under .500.