"You get six runs against a guy like Mark Buehrle, the No. 1
goal is to make sure they don't get back in the game," Schilling
And he did just that.
Schilling (15-6) threw just 79 pitches -- 60 for strikes -- and
Boston won for the 10th time in 13 games.
He appeared on the way to his first shutout since joining the
Red Sox, but wanted to save some energy for the stretch run.
"You know what? This is probably the first time in my career
where I came out of a game like that," Schilling said. "I'm
staying out there for one reason and that's to throw a shutout and
right now that means nothing.
"Hopefully, I'll have another 100-something innings left in the
Boston's plan is to play plenty of games in October. The Red Sox
moved within 7½ games of the first-place New York Yankees in the AL
East, the closest Boston has been since July 30, and remained tied
with Texas for the wild-card lead.
Orlando Cabrera homered and drove in four runs for the streaking
Red Sox, now 16 games over .500.
Ramirez's 31st homer this season was the 16th slam of his
career, tying Robin Ventura of the Dodgers for the most among
"I don't care about a grand slam, I care about winning,"
Ramirez said. "I know I'm a blessed player, a special player.
Everything that I've done, I'm just happy."
Schilling walked none and struck out six in beating the White
Sox for the second time in a week. In his last outing six days ago,
he gave up five hits in eight innings, including two homers.
Boston jumped on Buehrle (11-7), who entered 4-0 against the Red
Sox in his career.
Johnny Damon reached on shortstop Jose Valentin's error to start
the game, Cabrera walked and Ramirez singled to load the bases. The
first run scored on David Ortiz's double-play grounder before Jason
Varitek hit an RBI single for a 2-0 lead.
In the second, singles by Bill Mueller, Ricky Gutierrez and
Damon loaded the bases, and with two outs Ramirez lofted a long
homer to left.
"The guy has owned me over my career," Buehrle said of
Ramirez, who is 7-for-13 with three homers and eight RBI against
"We're down 6-0, trying to come back against Schilling and
that's pretty tough," Buehrle added. "He's one of the best
pitchers in baseball. I didn't give the team a chance to win
Cabrera hit a three-run homer, his second since joining the Red
Sox in a trade from Montreal, to make it 9-0 in the seventh and
Buehrle gave up 11 hits and nine runs -- seven earned -- in
Cabrera added an RBI double in the ninth.
The closest Chicago came to scoring off Schilling came in the
fifth when Carl Everett tripled leading off. But Schilling struck
out Valentin and then induced two straight popups.
A crowd of 38,720 was the ninth sellout of the season, a
U.S. Cellular Field record. They booed the White Sox in the fifth
when they didn't score and again at the end of the game. ... The
Red Sox activated Mark Bellhorn (broken thumb) from the disabled
list before the game but he did not play. ... White Sox manager
Ozzie Guillen served the final game of his second straight two-game
suspension for calling umpire Hunter Wendelstedt a liar. Bench
coach Harold Baines ran the team and was 1-3 this week. Baines said
before the game he had no desire to be a full-time manager, adding
he enjoyed the strategy but didn't have the personality for side
issues, like being vocal with umpires. ... Schilling hit Chicago
leadoff hitter Timo Perez with a high pitch leading off the first.
Perez homered off Schilling last week in Boston.