BOSTON (AP) -- On his way to the ballpark, Curt Schilling had a
feeling that it was going to be a big night.
"It's one of those days you pray that you show up and do your
job, because it's such an awesome thing to be out there in front of
those people," he said Tuesday night after shutting Anaheim down
for 7 2-3 innings in Boston's 10-7 win over the Angels. "It was
enough to give me chills."
Manny Ramirez homered twice, and Schilling's 17th victory tied
him with Oakland's Mark Mulder for the major league lead. Boston
won its seventh consecutive game to take a 2˝-game lead over
Anaheim in the AL wild-card race.
But that's not all.
Because if Schilling had looked over his shoulder as he left the
mound, he would have seen that the Yankees were in the middle of
their worst loss in franchise history, a 22-0 Cleveland victory
that cut New York's lead over Boston in the AL East to 3˝ games.
The Red Sox have trimmed seven games off the Yankees' lead since
Aug. 15; the teams play six times in September.
"We're playing great, the Yankees are having trouble,"
Schilling said after the Red Sox won for the 13th time in 14 games.
"But I don't expect them to fall down on the job. They were good
enough to put 10˝ games between us. We're going to need some help
to catch up."
Schilling (17-6) got a huge ovation when he tipped his cap on
the way off the field in the eighth inning. It even bested the
cheers in response to highlights from the Indians' victory over the
The game at Yankee Stadium drew spirited applause when it was
shown on the Fenway scoreboard in the eighth, with fans laughing
mockingly when a New York outfielder misplayed a ball over his
head. When the camera cut to the 16-0 score on the scoreboard,
For a while, Boston wasn't having much more trouble with
Anaheim, which had won 10 of 11, going 19-8 in August -- almost
keeping pace with the Red Sox, who finished the month 21-7. Boston
opened a 10-1 lead over the Angels as Schilling shut them down on
three runs and nine hits, striking out four over 7 2-3 innings.
John Lackey (11-11) lasted 3 1-3 innings -- the first time in 12
starts he failed to go at least five innings. He allowed six runs --
four earned -- on seven hits and three walks, while striking out
Reliever Mike Myers started the ninth for Boston and gave up
three consecutive singles before Alfredo Amezaga hit his first
career grand slam, clearing the Green Monster to make it 10-7.
Keith Foulke got the last three outs for his 25th save in 30
"Tonight we got back into it," manager Mike Scioscia said.
"But there are no real moral victories."
Lackey was in trouble from the start, as Boston scored four runs
in the first.
Johnny Damon reached on second baseman Adam Kennedy's error to
lead off the first, Mark Bellhorn walked and Ramirez homered to
right. With two outs, Orlando Cabrera doubled, took third on Doug
Mientkiewicz's single and scored on Bill Mueller's double.
Ramirez added a solo homer to center in the second, and Boston
added another run in the fourth on Ramon Ortiz's balk. David
Eckstein doubled and scored in the sixth to make it 6-1, but Boston
added four more in the seventh thanks in part to Dave Roberts'
Anaheim finally got to Schilling in the eighth.
Chone Figgins and pinch-hitter Amezaga singled with nobody out
before Damon leaped to catch Adam Riggs' long fly at the wall.
Schilling got Curtis Pride on a fielder's choice, but Garret
Anderson doubled down the right-field line to make it 10-2.
Lackey had won his last two starts and hadn't lost since
Aug. 3, but he is 0-4 in six career starts against Boston. ...
Ramirez has 383 homers in his career, passing Jim Rice and Frank
Howard for 47th on baseball's career list. It was his third
two-homer game of 2004 and his 38th career multihomer game. ...
Before the game, the Red Sox bought the contract of minor league
catcher Sandy Martinez from the Cleveland Indians. ... Ortiz will
move to the bullpen to make way for LHP Jarrod Washburn in the
starting rotation Saturday in Cleveland. Aaron Sele will start
Wednesday in place of Ortiz.