SEATTLE (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox aren't actually out of the AL
East race. It only looked like it.
No music blaring in the clubhouse late Friday night. The TV
wasn't on. Manny Ramirez and his right knee were in a bulbous wrap.
Gabe Kapler had wraps around his lower back and left ankle. Mark
Loretta dragged his left leg, wrapped thigh to foot, across the
Woods and two relievers combined on a five-hit shutout in the
lowly Mariners' 6-0 win over Curt Schilling and the sinking Red Sox
The Mariners won for the third time in four games since ending a
franchise-worst road trip 0-11. Their last two victories have come
against fellow 14-game winners Randy Johnson and now Schilling.
"We had a tough one today ... It's not like he has anything
special," Ortiz said of Woods (4-1), the former Los Angeles Angels
reliever who has had two strong starts since replacing
underachieving Joel Pineiro in Seattle's rotation.
"Special" hasn't been required to beat Boston lately.
The Red Sox lost for the seventh time in nine games. They were
left glad New York lost at the Los Angeles Angels later Friday, so
they remained 5½ games behind the Yankees with 34 games to play.
Eight days ago, Boston trailed New York by just 1½.
"You see what's going on. We are playing bad," Schilling said
after losing for the third time in four decisions. "You don't need
me ... to name names. It's all of us."
Schilling (14-6) allowed nine hits and five runs in six innings
to lose for the third time in four decisions. He walked none and
struck out seven, leaving him one short of 3,000 career strikeouts.
"I felt like it probably would happen," Schilling said.
But it didn't happen, like most things Red Sox in the last eight
Yet Ortiz refused to acknowledge the season is slipping away.
"We've got to keep playing," Ortiz said, in his empty, silent
clubhouse. "We have a lot of games left. It's not like we are 10
Woods allowed three hits and walked three against a Red Sox
lineup missing Manny Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis and their combined
47 home runs and 165 RBI. Woods struck out four.
"The kid was wild, struggling," Schilling said. "You usually
have a lineup that takes advantage of that."
Woods did stop Ortiz, the major league home run hitter, during
the game's pivotal, fifth-inning at bat.
With Seattle leading 1-0 on a Raul Ibanez RBI double in the
first inning, Alex Cora singled and Coco Crisp walked with one out.
Loretta then popped out to second base. And Woods got Ortiz to
ground out to first base on his second pitch.
Ortiz slapped his hands together in frustration. Woods got a
huge cheer from the Safeco Field crowd of 40,817.
Julio Mateo and rookie Eric O'Flaherty shut out the Red Sox from
"I was going right after him," Woods said of Ortiz, his final
batter. "It was either his night or mine."
Woods has allowed one earned run in 10 2-3 innings (0.84 ERA)
since joining the rotation. He had a 4.44 ERA in 28 relief
Schilling compounded his own problems in the sixth. After a Jose
Lopez single, Ibanez singled behind second base. Shortstop Alex
Cora tried to get Ibanez at second, but his throw went wide
allowing the runners to move up. Schilling scrambled to pick up the
ball and threw off-balance to third. His throw skipped to the
box-seat railing, plating Lopez.
Ben Broussard added an RBI double that scored Ibanez and Kenji
Johjima's single scored Broussard to make it 5-0.
A Snelling double and Lopez single off Bryan Corey in the
seventh made it 6-0.
With Ramirez still sidelined by the sore knee and Youkilis
out with the flu, OF Wily Mo Pena was the cleanup hitter for the
first time this season. He went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. He
departed for pinch-hitter Eric Hinske in the eighth inning after
feeling tightness on the top of his left wrist. Pena said an MRI
showed no structural damage, but he didn't know if he could play
Saturday. ... Broussard is 9-for-14 (.692) against Boston this
season. ... Leadoff batter Crisp is 4-for-33 (.121) in his last
eight games. ... Boston, which leads the majors with 47 errors, has
made five errors in four games at Safeco Field this season.