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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- One of the major leagues' finest pitchers sent researchers scrambling through the archives Thursday night trying to figure out if anybody had ever allowed so many extra-base hits.
The answer, to Curt Schilling's chagrin, was no. At least not in the American League.
That ties the AL record set by Washington's Dale Gear in 1901 and equaled by Cleveland's Luis Tiant -- while facing Boston -- in 1969.
The major league record is 16 by Buffalo's George Derby in 1883.
"I don't know if there's any in-depth explanation other than I didn't get the job done when I had to make the pitches," Schilling said. "I felt fine. I felt fine."
The victory gave the Royals, the worst team in the majors, a three-game sweep and sent the Red Sox to their fifth straight loss.
Boston limped back home on the heels of a 1-5 road trip to Tampa Bay and Kansas City, who have the two worst records in the AL.
The Royals celebrated their first three-game home sweep of the Red Sox in 15 years. Boston hadn't lost five in a row since 2004.
"I think I gave up 11 hits," Schilling said. "I didn't give up a single till the last hit of the game."
The Red Sox, who trailed the New York Yankees by three games going into the night, took a 4-2 lead into the eighth and Schilling quickly got the first out.
Then Ryan Shealy's infield single pushed across the go-ahead run.
"I thought I was going to catch it," Schilling said. "But I didn't, and it just fell in a perfect spot."
Even the normally light-hitting Royals, who are pace for their third 100-loss season in four years, were bemused.
"It's strange," said a grinning Teahen. "But when you're a team full of power hitters, that happens, he said with a smile."
Boston manager Terry Francona said he did not think Schilling tired in the eighth.
"We've backed ourselves into a little bit of a hole. Now we've got to find a way to get out of it," he said. "Curt felt felt strong. He was pitching good. I thought he was inspired when we took the lead. The whole dugout was."
Schilling (14-5) led 4-2 going into the eighth but failed to become the majors' first 15-game winner.
Doug Mirabelli, in his first at-bat since missing four games with an ankle injury, homered leading off the third for a 1-0 lead for the Red Sox.
Manny Ramirez singled his first two at-bats and extended his career-best hitting streak to 25 games, second only to Chase Utley's 35-gamer in the majors this year. He is hitting .402 during the streak.
Emil Brown homered in the Royals' sixth. But Schilling also went into the record book in a good way. His 54th straight start without allowing an unearned run broke his own major league mark.
"I knew I was in control," he said of the eighth. "Got that first out. Even though it would have been a bad trip at 2-4, it still would have been a win going home. Everything felt fine. I felt real strong.
"If we want to play baseball instead of golf in October, we're going to have to pitch better."
|Curt Schilling gives up nine doubles and a HR and fails to become the major's first 15-game winner. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Boston Red Sox|
|Coco Crisp, CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|Mark Loretta, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1|
|David Ortiz, DH||3||0||1||0||1||0||0|
|Manny Ramirez, LF||4||0||2||0||0||1||1|
|Kevin Youkilis, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||1||4|
|Mike Lowell, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||0||0|
|Wily Mo Pena, RF||3||1||1||3||0||0||1|
|Gabe Kapler, RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Alex Cora, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Doug Mirabelli, C||3||1||1||1||0||1||0|
|2B - Kevin Youkilis (, Ru. Hernandez)|
|HR - Wily Mo Pena (, Ru. Hernandez), Doug Mirabelli (, Ru. Hernandez)|
|RBI - Wily Mo Pena 3 (), Doug Mirabelli ()|
|CS - Coco Crisp (, 2nd base by Ru. Hernandez/Buck)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Loretta-Cora-Youkilis|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Curt Schilling (L,-)||7.1||11||5||5||2||7||1|
|Pitches-Strikes - Curt Schilling 107-76, Mike Timlin 5-4|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Curt Schilling 10-4, Mike Timlin 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Curt Schilling 34, Mike Timlin 2|
|Kansas City Royals|
|David DeJesus, CF-LF||3||0||2||0||1||1||0|
|Mark Grudzielanek, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||3|
|Mike Sweeney, DH||4||1||1||0||0||2||1|
|Mark Teahen, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||1||1|
|Emil Brown, LF||3||3||2||1||1||0||0|
|Joey Gathright, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Reggie Sanders, RF||4||0||3||2||0||0||0|
|Ryan Shealy, 1B||4||0||1||1||0||2||2|
|John Buck, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||2|
|Angel Berroa, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||2|
|2B - David DeJesus 2 (, Schilling, Schilling), Mike Sweeney (, Schilling), Mark Teahen (, Schilling), Emil Brown (, Schilling), Reggie Sanders 3 (, Schilling, Schilling, Schilling), John Buck (, Schilling)|
|HR - Emil Brown (, Schilling)|
|SH - Angel Berroa ()|
|RBI - Mark Teahen (), Emil Brown (), Reggie Sanders 2 (), Ryan Shealy ()|
|2-OUT RBI - Emil Brown (), Reggie Sanders ()|
|SB - Ryan Shealy (, 2nd base off Timlin/Mirabelli)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Andrew Sisco (W,-)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0|
|Ambiorix Burgos (S,)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Pitches-Strikes - Runelvys Hernandez 106-68, Andrew Sisco 20-12, Ambiorix Burgos 10-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Runelvys Hernandez 8-9, Ambiorix Burgos 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Runelvys Hernandez 28, Andrew Sisco 4, Ambiorix Burgos 3|
|Attendance - 21214|
|Game Time - 2:42|
|Temperature - 85|
|Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - Jeff Nelson|