Red Sox look to avert sweep

Red Sox turn to Wells to salvage series finale

After being outscored by an aggregate count of 16-3 the last two nights at Busch Stadium, the Red Sox will try to get back on their feet in Wednesday night's series finale against the Cardinals.

Leading them in that quest will be veteran left-hander David Wells, who has started to pitch better over his last two starts.

A quality start is just the remedy the Sox need as Tim Wakefield and Matt Clement were both ineffective in the last two games.

However, the Boston bats will have a tough task as they go against Chris Carpenter, a solid right-hander.

Pitching matchup
BOS: LHP David Wells
• 3-4, 5.85 ERA in 2005
• 1-0, 2.57 ERA vs. STL in 2004

STL: RHP Chris Carpenter
• 8-3, 3.42 ERA in 2005
• Did not face BOS in 2004

Player to watch
Sox catcher Jason Varitek looks primed to get hot after going 3-for-3 with a homer on Tuesday.

"We can't continue to play [this] way. We fell into a slump around this time last year. Hopefully we can dig ourselves out of it before it gets too late. We definitely need to play better." -- Sox center fielder Johnny Damon

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
Official game notes

On television
• STL: FOX Sports-Net

On radio
• BOS: WEEI-850 AM

Quick hits
The Sox have lost seven of their last nine games on the road. ... Mark Bellhorn and Damon are second on the team with 15 doubles. ... Damon leads the Sox in runs, hits, triples and stolen bases.

On deck
• Friday: at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m. ET
• Saturday: at Chicago Cubs, 3:15 p.m. ET
• Sunday: at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m. ET

Ian Browne is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.