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Royals hammer Schilling, finish sweep of Red Sox

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
1969.

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.

But then Mike Sweeney hit the Royals' seventh double, which was
followed by Mark Teahen's hustle double that made it 4-3.

Pitching coach Dave Wallace visited the mound, but Schilling
stayed in and after Emil Brown walked, Reggie Sanders hit his third
double of the night and it was tied at 4.

Then Ryan Shealy's infield single pushed across the go-ahead
run.

"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.

Andrew Sisco (1-2) got the win with one inning of relief.
Ambiorix Burgos got his 18th save in 28 chances.

Wily Mo Pena hit a three-run homer in the seventh for a 4-2
Boston lead. Kevin Youkilis doubled leading off, Mike Lowell
singled and Pena hit a 429-foot home run off Runelvys Hernandez's
0-2 pitch.

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
the streak.

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."

Game notes
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.