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Schilling starts strong, gets no-decision

BOSTON (AP) -- Curt Schilling and Keith Foulke came to Boston
during the offseason with much fanfare. As for Andy Dominique,
David McCarty, Kevin Youkilis and Anastacio Martinez, not much was
expected of them at all.

"We've shown we have depth," Schilling said after Dominique
tied the game with his first major league hit and McCarty homered
in the 12th inning Sunday to give the Red Sox a 9-7 victory over
the Seattle Mariners.

"Everyone that's been called on to answer the bell at one time
or another has done it," Schilling said.

Schilling had a perfect game for 5 2-3 innings but wound up with
a no-decision after Raul Ibanez hit a three-run homer off Keith
Foulke in a six-run eighth that made it 7-5. It was the first blown
save since Aug. 14 for Foulke, who had not allowed a run in 15
appearances. Ibanez had been 0-for-14 off Foulke in his career.

Jason Varitek singled to lead off the bottom of the eighth,
McCarty doubled and Johnny Damon hit a sacrifice fly off Eddie
Guardado. Dominique, in just his third big league at-bat, then
looped a pinch-single to right that tied the game.

"The younger guys are doing it against all odds and in place of
All-Stars," Damon said.

Foulke and Guardado each pitched a scoreless ninth to send the
game into extra innings.

J.J. Putz (0-2) and Martinez (2-0) each pitched two scoreless
innings before Putz hit Varitek on the right arm with one out in
the 12th. McCarty then homered on a 3-0 pitch into the
green-shirted fans in straightaway center, moving the Red Sox back
into the AL East lead, a half-game ahead of New York.

Youkilis had three hits, scored three runs and also reached when
he was hit by a pitch. Because of injuries to stalwarts such as
Nomar Garciaparra, Trot Nixon and Bill Mueller, the Red Sox started
five players who aren't regulars.

Dominique and Martinez were called up from the minors during the
homestand, and Youkilis earlier in the month.

"I'm not putting anybody down, but that was a team we ran out
there a lot at the end of (spring training) games," Boston manager
Terry Francona said. "That says a lot for the guys we have. They
put a Red Sox uniform on and they expect to win. So do we."

Kevin Millar was 2-for-2 with a walk, and Manny Ramirez drove in
two runs to help stake Schilling to a 3-0 lead. Randy Winn, who
broke up Tim Wakefield's no-hit bid in the ninth three years ago,
singled to end Schilling's bid for perfection, then Ibanez hit a
sacrifice fly in the seventh.

"We were looking at a perfect game, then all of the sudden we
have the lead off their closer, who's given up one run all year,"
Mariners manager Bob Melvin said. "I felt like we were in pretty
good position."

John Olerud walked in the eighth, Jolbert Cabrera doubled and,
one out later, Winn hit a deep drive to right that might have been
a three-run homer if Gabe Kapler hadn't gloved it at the short
wall.

Instead, it was a sacrifice fly that made it 5-2. Ichiro Suzuki
singled to score another run and chase Schilling, and pinch-hitter
Rich Aurilia singled off Alan Embree to bring in Foulke. He gave up
a run-scoring single to Edgar Martinez and then Ibanez hit a shot
to right that made it 7-5.

Boston got two fluke runs in the sixth when Mark Bellhorn
singled, took second on Youkilis' single and moved to third when
Ramirez walked. Bellhorn scored on Julio Mateo's wild pitch and
Youkilis scored from second when Ron Villone missed Wilson's throw
at the plate and the ball rolled into the middle of the infield.

Game notes
Winn is 4-for-6 lifetime against Schilling. ... Seattle
starter Ryan Franklin allowed five runs -- four earned -- and eight
hits in 6 1-3 innings. ... Pawtucket Red Sox owner Ben Mondor will
be inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame. Mondor is credited with
saving the Pawtucket franchise and keeping its relationship with
the Red Sox. ... Damon was scratched from the starting lineup due
to left knee soreness. Damon was injured when he took a foul ball
off the knee in Boston's home opener April 9. ... 109-year-old
Katheryn Gemme, who is believed to be the oldest living Red Sox
fan, attended the game. The Chicopee Falls native was greeted by
Varitek. ... Seattle manager Bob Melvin caught Schilling when both
were in Baltimore in 1989 and 1990.