KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- One of the major leagues' finest
pitchers sent researchers scrambling through the archives Thursday
night trying to figure out if anybody had ever allowed more
extra-base hits in a game.
The answer, to Curt Schilling's chagrin, was no. At least not in
the American League.
Boston's six-time All-Star got cuffed around for a shocking 10
extra-base hits -- nine doubles and a home run -- as the Kansas City
Royals rallied for a 5-4 win and a three-game sweep.
That ties the AL record set by Washington's Dale Gear in 1901
and equaled by Cleveland's Luis Tiant -- while facing Boston -- in
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
"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
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."
The Red Sox are 2-7 since captain C Jason Varitek was hurt.
... Schilling also set the mark by going 53 in a row with Arizona
over 2001-02 without an unearned run. This current streak began
after he gave up two unearned runs on June 14, 2004 at Colorado.
... A large and unusually beautiful rainbow northeast of the
stadium had fans gawking in the fourth. ... The Red Sox have had a
losing year in Kansas City for the second season in a row. They had
gone 6-0-1 the previous seven campaigns. ... The start of the game
was briefly delayed by rain.