Schilling and Pedro Martinez have combined to go 14-1 since May
19, including a 4-2 win by Martinez on Friday, and Boston is 27-11
when Schilling or Martinez start. The rest of the time, the Red Sox
"That's not pressure, that's expectation. You get that through
production," Schilling said. "People wouldn't be expecting me to
win if I hadn't done it before. That's part of the pride I take in
doing my job. I expect that we should win on the days I pitch. And
if we don't, then I've done something tremendously wrong."
Schilling (12-4) allowed one run and three hits in eight
innings, struck out seven and walked none, retiring 17 of his last
Pitching on nine days' rest after sitting out the All-Star game
because of a sore right ankle, the six-time All-Star improved to
9-1 with a 2.04 ERA this season when pitching with more than four
days off between starts.
"It was hot today, but I wasn't worried about stamina. That's
never really a concern of mine," said Schilling, who struck out
the side in the seventh and came out after 113 pitches.
"I was probably a little more sluggish starting off the game
than I expected to be, but being sluggish is no reason not to be
able to pitch."
Ortiz hit a go-ahead, three-run homer and had an RBI single that
raised his league-leading RBI total to 83. Gabe Kapler also
homered off John Lackey (7-9), who allowed five runs and seven hits
in six-plus innings. The right-hander, who had won his previous
three decisions, struck out seven.
Lackey retired 16 of his first 18 batters, taking a two-hit
shutout and 1-0 lead into the sixth before giving up a walk to
Johnny Damon and a single to Mark Bellhorn. Ortiz, still awaiting
word on a possible suspension for his ejection Friday night,
followed with his 25th homer.
"I left a couple of pitches over the plate later in the game
and they made me pay for it," Lackey said. "The pitch to Ortiz
wasn't that bad."
Ortiz's teammates were still congratulating him in the dugout
when Lackey hit Nomar Garciaparra with his next pitch. Plate umpire
Kevin Kelley issued warnings to both dugouts, leading to an
argument between Angels manager Mike Scioscia and Kelley.
"I thought the umpire made some poor judgment decisions in that
situation," Scioscia said. "There's no way that John Lackey was
throwing at Nomar."
Schilling hit Bengie Molina in the backside with one out in the
eighth, but was not ejected. That brought out Scioscia, who was
tossed by Kelley.
"I don't think there's much question what Schilling was doing,
after the control he was throwing the ball with before that,"
Scioscia said. "The umpire said he didn't think Schilling was
throwing at Bengie. I'm a little disappointed that the umpire
evidently could read John Lackey's mind and couldn't read
Schilling didn't think Kelley would eject him once the pitch got
away from him, even though Molina complained to the umpire about
"After the warnings, I told the umpire that I still have to
pitch in. And that's an indicator to me, more than anything, that I
don't pitch in enough," said Schilling, who has hit three batters
this season and 42 since making his major league debut in 1988.
"I mean, when you throw a ball in and guys aren't able to get
out of the way, you're not pitching in enough. And that's something
I definitely need to do more of."
Boston extended its lead to 6-1 in the seventh on Gabe Kapler's
homer, Johnny Damon's double off Lackey, Ortiz's RBI single against
Scot Shields and Garciaparra's RBI triple.
Ortiz, who came within a double of hitting for the cycle, got
his first triple of the season and sixth of his career with a drive
off the fence in left-center field in the first.
A scan taken Sunday on Boston RHP Tim Wakefield's right
shoulder blade revealed no breaks. He was hit by a line drive off
the bat of Jose Molina in Saturday night's 8-3 loss. ... In his
combined 129 starts for manager Terry Francona in Boston and
Philadelphia, Schilling is 65-41 with a 2.97 ERA and 992
strikeouts. ... Angels LF Jose Guillen, 2-for-17 against Schilling,
got the day off and Tim Salmon started in LF for the second time in
his 11-year career. ... AL home run leader Manny Ramirez didn't
start for the third straight day because of hamstring problems.