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CLEMENT LEADS BOSOX

Matt Clement extended the Red Sox's run of exceptional starts with another outstanding performance against the Orioles.

Clement scattered eight hits over eight innings, and Boston beat Rodrigo Lopez and Baltimore, 1-0, to complete a two-game sweep.

Kevin Millar scored the game's only run in the second inning after a throwing error by shortstop Miguel Tejada. That was enough to beat the Orioles, who have been blanked in consecutive games for the first time since Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2003.

"It is all about the pitchers. We're only as good as our pitchers," Boston catcher Jason Varitek said.

Duplicating the outing of David Wells one night earlier, Clement (2-0) pitched eight scoreless innings before giving way to the bullpen. The right-hander is 3-0 with an 0.89 ERA in three starts against Baltimore; he's beaten them with the Chicago Cubs, Florida and now Boston.

"You don't get to pitch in a 1-0 game often, and to win one is rarer," Clement said. "I have been on the other end of a couple of them last year, so it was nice tonight."

The Orioles had scored at least seven runs in five of six games before the Red Sox came to town.

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Ryan Klesko broke out of a slump with three hits and two RBIs as the Padres snapped the Dodgers' eight-game winning streak, 6-1. The Dodgers, who matched the 1940 and '55 teams for the team's fastest start through 14 games, are 12-3. . . . Chris Carpenter pitched a seven-hitter and Scott Rolen homered and had three RBIs as the Cardinals beat the Cubs, 4-0. Chicago also learned that shortstop Nomar Garciaparra will miss two to three months with a torn left groin. . . . Shortstop Cristian Guzman made a two-run throwing error on Raul Mondesi's wet bases-loaded grounder off closer Chad Cordero with two outs in the ninth, sending the Braves to a 2-1 win over the Nationals. . . . Jim Thome ended his season-long home run drought that lasted 53 at-bats, Todd Pratt hit a two-run homer and Jon Lieber improved to 4-0 as the Phillies drubbed the Rockies, 6-3. . . . Jason Bay hit his first home run of the season as the Pirates stopped a five-game losing streak with a 4-2 triumph over the Reds. . . . Andy Pettitte scattered five hits in seven innings of the Astros' 8-7 win over the Brewers for his first win since last July 21.

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