Oakland (14-19) at Boston (20-13)

Mostly Cloudy Currently: Boston, MA
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  • Game info: 1:05 pm EDT Wed May 11, 2005
  • TV: NESN
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Matt Clement is still unbeaten in the American League.

The right-hander will look to win his fifth straight decision for the Boston Red Sox when they go for a three-game sweep of the visiting Oakland Athletics.

Clement, who spent his first seven seasons in the NL, was signed by Boston as a free agent this past offseason to help fill the rotation spots vacated by departed starters Pedro Martinez and Derek Lowe.

Thus far, he’s lived up to expectations.

Clement improved to 4-0 in his last five starts with Friday’s 7-2 victory over Seattle. He allowed an unearned run and five hits over seven strong innings, striking out six and walking one.

“It’s fun to watch these guys hit,” said Clement, who has received at least six runs of support from the Boston offense in four of his last five outings.

To his credit, Clement has yielded one earned run or fewer in three of his last five starts as Boston continues to wait for the return of injured starters David Wells (foot) and Curt Schilling (ankle).

“It starts with pitching and it usually ends with pitching,” Boston manager Terry Francona said.

The Red Sox have won seven of their last eight games, including Tuesday’s dramatic 3-2 victory over Oakland. Kevin Millar made up for two costly errors with a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth as Boston extended starter Bronson Arroyo’s unbeaten streak to 16.

“It was definitely the Kevin Millar show tonight. He was involved in every aspect of that ballgame,” Francona said.

Adam Melhuse drove in a run for the A’s, who have lost four in a row and seven of eight.

“A lot of positives. We played a great game,” Oakland manager Ken Macha said. “We just didn’t close it out.”

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