The Red Sox right-hander has been sensational since signing with Boston as a free agent over the winter. Clement is unbeaten in 12 starts with his new team, going 6-0 with a 3.17 ERA in his first season in the AL.
Clement had a career record of 69-75 in seven seasons in the NL with San Diego, Florida and Chicago before switching leagues. He pitched well against St. Louis last season as a member of the Cubs, going 3-2 with 2.83 ERA in five starts. Clement is 3-5 with a 4.14 ERA in 12 career starts against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals took the series opener 7-1 on Monday in the teams’ first meeting since last fall, when the Red Sox swept St. Louis for their first World Series championship since 1918.
“We wanted this one bad,” said Morris, who improved to 7-0. “It’s just another game but it was a little more meaningful with all the media around and the attention. So, it was fun today.”
Boston shortstop Edgar Renteria, who played for the Cardinals for six seasons, was 0-for-3 and committed an error in the field. Renteria got a generally warm reception in each of his at-bats in his first visit to St. Louis since signing as a free-agent with the Red Sox.
“You wait to beat the Boston Red Sox with Edgar having a tough day you’re not going to beat them too much,” St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said.