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Schilling goes up-and-down before Papelbon slams door

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BOSTON -- One quick tip of the cap wasn't going to be enough for Curt Schilling this time.

Long after the final out, and long since he left the game, Fenway Park reverberated with chants of "We want Curt!" The Red Sox right-hander finally popped out of the clubhouse to acknowledge the fans -- none more excited than the son he named after Lou Gehrig, who turned 11 on Saturday night and asked for victory No. 200 as a present.

"The number's awesome, and I'm very proud about it," Schilling said after pitching seven up-and-down innings to beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 6-4 and become 104th member of the 200-win club.

"Just walking on that field after the game is an experience I'll never forget," Schilling said of his curtain call. "Those are the things that, when you're done playing, they last forever, the memories the fans can create for you."

Schilling (8-2) allowed four runs and eight hits while striking out seven for his fourth victory in five starts. When he left to a standing ovation after seven, he tipped his cap to the crowd and waved to his family, which was cheering him on from a radio booth upstairs.

Schilling wished his son Gehrig happy birthday on the scoreboard during the second inning. The family, watching from a radio booth behind home plate, held up a sign that said, "Go Dad!" during the game and "200" after.

"Five days ago I pitched on my daughter's ninth birthday and she wanted a win," Schilling said. "So it was kind of like there would have been a problem in the house if I had won for one and not the other."

Trot Nixon drove in three runs while batting cleanup in place of Manny Ramirez, who sat out his first game this season. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a perfect ninth for his 18th save in 18 tries.

Schilling is eighth on the active victory list; former Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez was the last pitcher to surpass the 200 victory milestone, making it earlier this year with the New York Mets. Schilling is the fourth pitcher to win his 200th game in a Red Sox uniform, joining Lefty Grove, Ferguson Jenkins and Luis Tiant.

"He just knows what to do," Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "He's kind of a clinician out there, I think. Any young pitcher can learn from him. Even an old pitcher can learn watching him."

Seth McClung (2-6) allowed six runs, seven hits and five walks, striking out none in five innings as Tampa Bay lost for the fifth time in six games. McClung was 0-3 against Boston last year, allowing 12 runs in nine innings.

The Red Sox have won three straight and eight of their last 12.

The 39-year-old Schilling went 1-2-3 in three innings and faced just four batters in two others. But he gave up back-to-back doubles in the second and Josh Paul's single one out later to give the Devil Rays a 2-1 lead. Boston scored four in the bottom half and made it 6-2 in the fourth before Schilling struggled again.

"He looked like he got into a comfort zone in some of the innings. It was really effective and efficient," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "In the other innings, they really made him work."

He gave up two runs and three hits, including a two-run double by No. 9 hitter Joey Gathright, before getting the first out in the fifth. But Schilling got Julio Lugo to line out to right, Carl Crawford to pop up to third and then celebrated with a fist pump when he struck out Toby Hall with a 94 mph fastball to end the inning.

J.T. Snow singled to lead off Boston's four-run second, and two outs later Kevin Youkilis walked. Mark Loretta singled in one run and took second on the throw; with first base open and Ramirez sitting out, Maddon called for an intentional walk of David Ortiz.

Nixon doubled in two runs, and Ortiz scored on a wild pitch.

Notes

  • Tampa Bay 3B Aubrey Huff was ejected in the eighth for arguing a close call at first base.
  • OF Coco Crisp hit a two-run single in a rehab start at Triple-A Pawtucket.
  • Devil Rays OF Jonny Gomes did not start. He is 0-for-15 with 11 strikeouts against Schilling in his career.
  • Red Sox LHP David Wells might not miss a turn in the rotation despite leaving his last start after taking a line drive off his knee, Francona said. Francona said an MRI showed nothing more than a bruise. Wells will be re-examined this weekend.
  • Ramirez missed his first game of the season because of a sore back, and center fielder Wily Mo Pena also was out of the lineup because of a sore wrist. Youkilis played left and Willie Harris started in center. Youkilis had never played outfield in the majors.
  • After the game, the Devil Rays placed LHP Casey Fossum on the 15-day DL, retroactive to May 25, with a left groin strain. They recalled RHP James Shields from Triple-A Durham and named him the starter for Tuesday's game in Baltimore.
 
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Curt Schilling tips his hat to the Fenway Park crowd after the fans called for an encore after the game.  (AP)
Curt Schilling tips his hat to the Fenway Park crowd after the fans called for an encore after the game. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

K. Youkilis
AB 3
R 3
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
Boston

M. Loretta
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Julio Lugo, SS4010011 .287
Carl Crawford, LF4000002 .294
Toby Hall, DH4000011 .273
Aubrey Huff, 3B-DH4000010 .158
    Tomas Perez, 3B0000000 .172
Ty Wigginton, 2B4110030 .268
Greg Norton, RF4121010 .313
Travis Lee, 1B4110012 .200
Josh Paul, C4121000 .333
Joey Gathright, CF3012001 .202
Totals35484087 
Batting
2B - Ty Wigginton (9, Schilling), Greg Norton (1, Schilling), Josh Paul (3, Schilling), Joey Gathright (5, Schilling)
RBI - Greg Norton (6), Josh Paul (2), Joey Gathright 2 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Paul (1)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Greg Norton (2, Misplayed grounder)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Seth McClung (L,2-6) 5766500 6.13
Chad Harville 2100010 4.26
Ruddy Lugo 1000100 5.27
IBB - Ortiz by Seth McClung
HBP - Cora (by Ruddy Lugo)
WP - Seth McClung (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Seth McClung 95-48, Chad Harville 20-13, Ruddy Lugo 22-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Seth McClung 6-8, Chad Harville 4-1, Ruddy Lugo 1-2
Batters Faced - Seth McClung 26, Chad Harville 7, Ruddy Lugo 5
Boston Red Sox
Kevin Youkilis, LF3320202 .324
Mark Loretta, 2B5131013 .311
David Ortiz, DH1101201 .271
Trot Nixon, RF4013001 .299
Jason Varitek, C3000103 .232
Mike Lowell, 3B4000002 .326
J.T. Snow, 1B4010000 .250
Alex Cora, SS3010001 .275
Willie Harris, CF3100102 .129
Totals306856115 
Batting
2B - Mark Loretta (11, McClung), Trot Nixon (9, McClung)
SF - David Ortiz (3)
RBI - Mark Loretta (22), David Ortiz (47), Trot Nixon 3 (25)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Loretta (15), Trot Nixon 2 (10)
SB - Willie Harris (5, 2nd base off McClung/Paul)
CS - Alex Cora (1, 2nd base by McClung/Paul)
Team LOB - 8
Boston Red Sox
Curt Schilling (W,8-2) 7844070 3.93
Keith Foulke (H,7) 1000010 4.55
Jonathan Papelbon (S,18) 1000000 0.35
Pitches-Strikes - Curt Schilling 108-78, Keith Foulke 10-8, Jonathan Papelbon 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Curt Schilling 3-11, Keith Foulke 1-1, Jonathan Papelbon 1-2
Batters Faced - Curt Schilling 29, Keith Foulke 3, Jonathan Papelbon 3
Game Information
Attendance - 36409
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Bruce Froemming, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Brian Runge