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Red Sox come alive in eighth, top Angels with big inning

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Curt Schilling is glad to be done with the bullpen and back to what he does best.

The six-time All-Star made what figures to be his last scheduled appearance as a reliever for the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, allowing a ninth-inning run in a 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

Before Schilling left the bullpen, he had a perfect view of Edgar Renteria's three-run homer that broke a scoreless tie.

Manny Ramirez added a two-run shot as the defending World Series champs did all their scoring in the eighth inning and gained a four-game split. The victory increased their AL East lead over the New York Yankees to four games.

"We won a lot more games than we lost when I was down there, and that was the goal," said Schilling, who was recovering from a right ankle injury. "I went down there to try and help seal a leak and patch a hole. I'd like to think I did that for the most part. I mean, I certainly didn't pitch as well as I would have liked, but we played well and won games while I was down there. So it all worked out. The only thing that matters now is going out there on Thursday and get myself back to the top of this rotation, which is where I want to be."

Schilling, 38, was 4-3 with nine saves in 11 chances and a 5.18 ERA in his 20 relief appearances. He allowed three hits Sunday, including Steve Finley's RBI double.

"It's something we felt for him and for us was the best thing to do," manager Terry Francona said. "Not only do we appreciate him doing it, but I think it sped up his process for being an effective pitcher -- because there's been some inconsistency there. He's seen it and we've seen it."

Bill Mueller and Tony Graffanino opened the eighth with singles against Paul Byrd (9-8). Gabe Kapler bunted into a forceout at third, but the runners advanced on a checked-swing bouncer to third by Johnny Damon.

Renteria drove a 1-0 pitch into the left-field bullpen for his seventh homer. It ended a homerless drought of 199 at-bats for the All-Star shortstop.

"It was kind of appropriate," Francona said. "He had a real tough first month, but since the weather's warmed up, he's been about a .320 hitter. His bat has become so alive. He's lined out about six or seven times, so he could have been real hot right now. Today he finally got enough on one to get it out of there. And we were dying for a hit."

David Ortiz beat a defensive shift with a bunt single up the third-base side, and Ramirez greeted Brendan Donnelly with his 33rd homer.

Mike Timlin (5-2) pitched two hitless innings for the victory.

Byrd allowed three hits in his first 1 1/3 innings but did not allow another until John Olerud singled with one out in the seventh -- ending a string of 15 consecutive batters retired. Byrd remained winless in six starts.

"I felt good," said Byrd, who was held out of his previous scheduled outing on Tuesday because of back spasms. "I was hitting my spots and I felt like they weren't squaring the ball up on me and I didn't feel like they were comfortable up there. But the last inning it all changed."

Jonathan Papelbon allowed five hits in 5 2/3 innings in his third big league start. His teammates have totaled only four runs while he's been on the mound, but they've won all three games.

Vladimir Guerrero received five intentional walks during the series and went 2-for-12. Papelbon stranded a runner at third base in the first, retiring Bengie Molina on a fielder's choice grounder after intentionally walking the reigning AL MVP intentionally.

"I looked at their lineup and I said, 'Hey, I'm not going to let Vladimir Guerrero beat me. I'll pitch to Molina if I have to,' " Papelbon said.

Boston's Jason Varitek, who had thrown out only eight of 60 baserunners attempting to steal, erased Chone Figgins in the third inning and Darin Erstad in the fourth.

Figgins is second in the AL with a career-high 41 steals. Erstad, starting as the DH for the second straight game because of aching legs, was 56-for-63 in steal attempts since the start of the 2002 season before Varitek got him.

Notes

  • Boston INF Alex Cora and Angels 2B Adam Kennedy each had an 18-pitch at-bat last season. Cora ended his with a two-run homer -- against current Red Sox teammate Matt Clement. Kennedy ended his with a walk against Milwaukee's Luis Vizcaino.
 
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Manny Ramirez watches his two-run home run off Angels pitcher Brendan Donnelly. (AP)
Manny Ramirez watches his two-run home run off Angels pitcher Brendan Donnelly. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

E. Renteria
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Boston

J. Papelbon
IP 5.2
H 5
ER 0
BB 3
K 2
 

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Boston Red Sox
Johnny Damon, CF4000000 .332
Edgar Renteria, SS4123000 .284
David Ortiz, DH4110001 .297
Manny Ramirez, LF4112021 .285
Jason Varitek, C4010010 .302
John Olerud, 1B4010001 .307
Bill Mueller, 3B4020000 .299
Tony Graffanino, 2B4110002 .310
Gabe Kapler, RF3100004 .259
Totals35595039 
Batting
2B - Edgar Renteria (26, Byrd)
HR - Edgar Renteria (7, Byrd), Manny Ramirez (33, Donnelly)
RBI - Edgar Renteria 3 (50), Manny Ramirez 2 (111)
2-OUT RBI - Edgar Renteria 3 (24), Manny Ramirez 2 (37)
Team LOB - 3
Boston Red Sox
Jon Papelbon 5.2500320 2.25
Mike Myers 0.1000000 3.45
Mike Timlin (W,5-2) 2000120 1.73
Curt Schilling 1311000 6.43
IBB - Guerrero by Jon Papelbon
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Papelbon 100-58, Mike Myers 2-2, Mike Timlin 34-20, Curt Schilling 24-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Papelbon 9-4, Mike Timlin 3-1
Batters Faced - Jon Papelbon 23, Mike Myers 1, Mike Timlin 7, Curt Schilling 6
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B4000103 .287
Orlando Cabrera, SS4020001 .255
Darin Erstad, DH3010113 .281
Vladimir Guerrero, RF3000123 .321
Bengie Molina, C3120102 .308
Casey Kotchman, 1B4010003 .241
Juan Rivera, LF4000012 .259
Steve Finley, CF4021000 .217
Adam Kennedy, 2B4000002 .325
Totals331814419 
Batting
2B - Orlando Cabrera (20, Papelbon), Steve Finley (18, Schilling)
RBI - Steve Finley (48)
CS - Chone Figgins (12, 2nd base by Papelbon/Varitek), Darin Erstad (3, 2nd base by Papelbon/Varitek)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Kennedy-Kotchman
Los Angeles Angels
Paul Byrd (L,9-8) 7.2844021 3.92
Brendan Donnelly 0.1111011 3.93
Esteban Yan 1000000 3.74
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Byrd 99-70, Brendan Donnelly 6-5, Esteban Yan 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Byrd 10-10, Esteban Yan 1-2
Batters Faced - Paul Byrd 30, Brendan Donnelly 2, Esteban Yan 3
Game Information
Attendance - 44022
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Brian O'Nora