Boston (31-26) at St. Louis (37-20)

Cloudy Currently: St. Louis, MO
Temp: 35° F
  • Game info: 8:10 pm EDT Tue Jun 7, 2005
  • TV: NESN, FSMW
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The St. Louis Cardinals hope to hand Boston starter Matt Clement his first loss of the season when they continue their series against the Red Sox at Busch Stadium.

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.”

David Eckstein had three RBIs and rookie catcher Yadier Molina had two for St. Louis, which leads the NL with 37 wins.

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.

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M. Clement Tor vs. J. Suppan SD
13-6 Record 16-10
4.57 ERA 3.57
146 K 114
68 BB 63
1.36 WHIP 1.38