Chicago (40-31) at St. Louis (42-29)

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  • Game info: 8:10 pm EDT Thu Jun 24, 2004
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Matt Clement will try to continue his dominance of the St. Louis Cardinals this season as the Chicago Cubs complete a three-game series at Busch Stadium.

Clement boasts a 3-0 record with a 2.74 ERA in three starts against the Cardinals this year.

The right-hander enters with a 1.22 ERA in his last three starts despite a 1-1 record over that span. He lost 2-1 at home to Oakland on Friday, allowing two runs and seven hits over eight innings. He also struck out eight, increasing his total on the season to 98, third-most in the majors.

“It’s been a year where my games have come down to the end and have been close, both the ones I’ve won and the ones I’ve lost,” Clement said. “That’s a good thing. If you’re in the game and the team is in the game, you’re throwing the ball well.”

The Cubs could have joined St. Louis atop the NL Central on Wednesday, but lost 10-9 after overcoming deficits of 3-0 and 5-3.

Todd Walker homered and had four hits, and Corey Patterson and Derrek Lee had three hits each for Chicago, which lost for the second time in 11 games.

Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer for the Cardinals, his 20th of the season.

The Cardinals have won seven of nine. They will start right-hander Chris Carpenter, who has helped St. Louis to a 10-3 record in his starts this season.

Carpenter, who missed all of last year after having arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder, is 2-0 with a 3.77 ERA in two career starts against the Cubs, with both of those outings coming this season.

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M. Clement TOR vs. C. Carpenter STL
9-13 Record 15-5
3.68 ERA 3.46
190 K 152
77 BB 38
1.28 WHIP 1.14