Boston hopes that Matt Clement can continue his dominance of Baltimore as the teams play the middle game of their series at Fenway Park.
Clement is 3-0 with a 0.89 ERA in three starts against Baltimore, including a 1-0 victory last week.
“He’s a completely different pitcher than what I remember,” said Orioles firstbaseman Jay Gibbons. “He sinks it, he cuts it, he just keeps you enough off-balance to where you’re unsure, and you don’t take really good swings off him.”
Clement scattered eight hits over eight innings as Boston beat Baltimore 1-0 on Thursday to complete a two-game sweep.
Kevin Millar scored the game’s only run in the second inning after a throwing error by Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada. That was enough to beat the Orioles, who were blanked in consecutive games for the first time since Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2003.
Clement outpitched Rodrigo Lopez, who gave up no earned runs, five hits and three walks in eight innings. Lopez fell to 8-4 with a 3.40 ERA in 17 appearances against the Red Sox, including 13 starts.
Lopez will get another chance against Clement on Tuesday as he tries to extend the Orioles winning streak to five games.
Bruce Chen rebounded from a rough start against the Red Sox with seven strong innings Monday, helping Baltimore to an 8-4 victory over Boston.
Chen kept the Red Sox batters off balance most of the night by mixing in a soft curveball and a changeup. He allowed three runs on nine hits in six-plus innings, while walking three and striking out three. Last week, in an 8-0 loss to the Red Sox, he held them hitless for four innings before giving up five runs over the next 2 1-3.