Boston at Baltimore

W: C. Schilling (6-2) L: T. Williams (1-1)
S: J. Papelbon (14)
HR: BOS - M. Ramirez (7), T. Nixon (3)   BAL - R. Hernandez (6), B. Fahey (1), J. Gibbons (10)

Schilling allows five runs but still gets sixth victory

CBS wire reports

BALTIMORE -- Officially, Curt Schilling was the winning pitcher in Boston's 13th straight victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

The right-hander questioned whether his contribution was worthy of that distinction.

Schilling earned his sixth win despite giving up three home runs, and the Red Sox got homers from Manny Ramirez and Trot Nixon in a 6-5 victory Tuesday night.

Schilling (6-2) allowed five runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. He also yielded three homers in his previous start, a loss to the New York Yankees, but this time the Red Sox were able to mount enough offense to overcome the blows.

"It's a win. It's a win because our bullpen is what it is and offensively we do what we have to do," Schilling said. "I had about zero input in this game, other than getting the first 17 outs."

The Red Sox went up 4-0 after four, but Schilling surrendered three homers and five runs over a two-inning span before Boston rallied to go in front for good.

"We had a 4-0 lead and in my mind, when I'm on the mound and it's 4-0, the game's over," he said. "I'm not pitching that way and that's got to change."

David Ortiz singled in the tiebreaking run in the sixth inning and Mark Loretta had three hits for the Red Sox, who improved to 8-0 against Baltimore this season.

Ramon Hernandez, Brandon Fahey and Jay Gibbons homered for the Orioles, who turned a 4-0 deficit into a 5-4 lead before Boston rallied for its eighth win in 10 games. It was Fahey's first major league homer, although he wasn't particularly impressed with getting it off Schilling.

"It doesn't matter who it was," the 160-pound rookie said. "Anytime you hit your first home run in the major leagues, it's an exciting moment."

After Nixon and Kevin Youkilis drew walks in the sixth inning, Loretta and Ortiz hit two-out RBI singles off Todd Williams (1-1) to put the Red Sox up 6-5.

"We talked about it on the bench -- let's get it right back, try to score right away," Loretta said. "It's always deflating when the other team comes back to tie it or take the lead."

The Boston bullpen made the advantage stand up. Mike Timlin retired all six batters he faced and Jonathan Papelbon worked a perfect ninth for his 14th save in 14 chances.

"We came up with some big hits when we needed and the bullpen was lights out," Loretta said.

The Orioles trailed 4-0 before Hernandez hit an opposite-field solo shot to right in the fourth inning.

Baltimore followed up with a four-run fifth. After Nick Markakis hit a one-out single, Fahey homered to right. One out later, Miguel Tejada doubled and Gibbons hit his 10th homer on a 3-2 pitch.

Schilling lamented his inability to close out the Orioles when given the opportunity.

"Seven two-strike hits, four 0-2 hits -- I'm still overthrowing the ball in situations I can't be," he said.

"I know, stuff-wise, I'm different than I was two years ago. I don't have that 96, 97 anymore consistently when I need it with two strikes. But I'm not translating that on the field. I'm overthrowing the ball with two strikes and it's costing me and it's costing us."

Baltimore starter Bruce Chen gave up four runs, five hits and two walks in four innings. The two homers he allowed raised his season total to 13 -- in only 35 innings. That, and the .351 batting average by opposing batters, are two reasons why the left-hander is winless in eight starts with an 8.23 ERA.

Chen retired the side in order in the first inning, but reverted to form in the second. Ramirez hit his seventh homer on an 0-1 count, and two outs later Nixon connected.

The Orioles stranded runners at second and third in the second, and Boston made it 4-0 in the fourth. Mike Lowell hit his AL-leading 20th double and scored from third when Gibbons dropped Wily Mo Pena's fly ball to right. After a wild pitch, Pena scored on a two-out double by Youkilis.

  • Ramirez now has 442 homers, tied with Dave Kingman for 33rd place on the career list.
  • The Red Sox went nine games over .500 (23-14) for the first time this season.
  • Boston LHP David Wells threw 82 pitches in a simulated game. Barring any complications, he will have a rehabilitation start Sunday for Triple-A Pawtucket and pitch on May 26 versus Tampa Bay.
  • The Orioles fell to 4-16 against teams above .500.
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Curt Schilling allows nine hits, five runs, including three homers in 5 2/3 innings on the mound. (Getty Images)
Curt Schilling allows nine hits, five runs, including three homers in 5 2/3 innings on the mound. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game

T. Nixon
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1

R. Hernandez
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Kevin Youkilis, 1B3111200 .314
Mark Loretta, 2B5031001 .288
David Ortiz, DH5021012 .269
Manny Ramirez, LF3111204 .304
Jason Varitek, C5000033 .231
Mike Lowell, 3B5110001 .326
Trot Nixon, RF3221201 .327
Wily Mo Pena, CF3111111 .322
    Willie Harris, PR-CF0000000 .136
Alex Gonzalez, SS5000025 .210
2B - Kevin Youkilis (11, Chen), David Ortiz (9, Birkins), Mike Lowell (20, Chen)
HR - Manny Ramirez (7, Chen), Trot Nixon (3, Chen)
SF - Wily Mo Pena (4)
RBI - Kevin Youkilis (20), Mark Loretta (18), David Ortiz (32), Manny Ramirez (19), Trot Nixon (18), Wily Mo Pena (18)
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Youkilis (13), Mark Loretta (14), David Ortiz (11), Trot Nixon (4)
Team LOB - 12
Boston Red Sox
Curt Schilling (W,6-2) 5.2955023 4.17
Mike Holtz (H,1) 0.1000100 16.20
Mike Timlin (H,10) 2000000 1.08
Jonathan Papelbon (S,14) 1000010 0.42
Pitches-Strikes - Curt Schilling 116-86, Mike Holtz 13-6, Mike Timlin 12-11, Jonathan Papelbon 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Curt Schilling 4-11, Mike Holtz 1-0, Mike Timlin 1-5, Jonathan Papelbon 2-0
Batters Faced - Curt Schilling 26, Mike Holtz 2, Mike Timlin 6, Jonathan Papelbon 3
Baltimore Orioles
Brandon Fahey, 2B5122002 .273
Melvin Mora, 3B4000011 .288
Miguel Tejada, SS4110001 .358
Jay Gibbons, RF4112000 .271
Ramon Hernandez, C4121010 .321
Jeff Conine, 1B4010001 .243
Corey Patterson, CF4010001 .261
Javy Lopez, DH4000013 .241
Nick Markakis, LF3110100 .221
2B - Miguel Tejada (4, Schilling), Corey Patterson (3, Schilling)
HR - Brandon Fahey (1, Schilling), Jay Gibbons (10, Schilling), Ramon Hernandez (6, Schilling)
RBI - Brandon Fahey 2 (4), Jay Gibbons 2 (26), Ramon Hernandez (25)
2-OUT RBI - Jay Gibbons 2 (9)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Birkins-Tejada-Conine
E - Jay Gibbons (2, misplayed flyball)
Baltimore Orioles
Bruce Chen 4543242 8.23
Kurt Birkins 1111200 1.13
Todd Williams (BS,1; L,1-1) 1211100 3.86
Julio Manon 1000120 2.25
LaTroy Hawkins 1100110 4.67
Chris Ray 1200000 1.76
WP - Bruce Chen (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Bruce Chen 95-54, Kurt Birkins 21-8, Todd Williams 19-9, Julio Manon 19-10, LaTroy Hawkins 19-10, Chris Ray 18-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bruce Chen 5-4, Kurt Birkins 1-1, Todd Williams 3-0, Chris Ray 1-2
Batters Faced - Bruce Chen 20, Kurt Birkins 5, Todd Williams 6, Julio Manon 4, LaTroy Hawkins 5, Chris Ray 5
Game Information
Attendance - 27565
Game Time - 3:18
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Jim Joyce