Matt Clement allowed seven runs in the first three innings, and the Red Sox never recovered as they suffered their second straight loss to the Cardinals. The right-hander won his first six decisions for Boston.
Jim Edmonds and Reggie Sanders blasted home runs, and Albert Pujols delivered a two-run double as the Cardinals never trailed against the Red Sox. Jeff Suppan held his former team in check to earn his fifth victory.
HBP: Walker (by Halama), Grudzielanek (by Mantei), Walker (by Mantei), Varitek (by Reyes), Youkilis (by Reyes). Pitches-strikes: Clement 75-47, Halama 29-17, Mantei 23-10, Embree 13-11, Suppan 90-57, Reyes 12-6, King 4-4, White 16-11, Tavarez 6-4. Ground outs-fly outs: Clement 2-8, Halama 3-1, Mantei 0-0, Embree 1-3, Suppan 9-8, Reyes 1-2, King 2-0, White 0-2, Tavarez 0-0. Batters faced: Clement 20, Halama 8, Mantei 5, Embree 5, Suppan 23, Reyes 4, King 2, White 5, Tavarez 1. Inherited runners-scored: Embree 3-2, King 1-0, Tavarez 3-0. EjectionsSt. Louis Cardinals pitcher Al Reyes ejected by HP umpire Eric Cooper. (8th); Boston Red Sox Manager Terry Francona ejected by 3B umpire Larry Young. (7th); Boston Red Sox pitcher Matt Mantei ejected by 3B umpire Larry Young. (7th); St. Louis Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa ejected by HP umpire Eric Cooper. (8th). Umpires: HP: Eric Cooper. 1B: Fieldin Culbreth. 2B: Marvin Hudson. 3B: Larry Young. Weather: 83 degrees, partly cloudy. Wind: 10 mph, In from RF. T: 3:00. Att: 47,496.
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