Schilling gets win; Bellhorn drives in 5

BOSTON (AP) -- The first meeting between the Red Sox and
Athletics since last year's playoffs failed to provide much drama.

Mark Bellhorn homered and drove in five runs, and Boston backed
Curt Schilling with its top offensive performance of the year in a
12-2 rout of Oakland and Tim Hudson on Tuesday night.

Manny Ramirez hit his 12th homer and drove in three runs, and
David Ortiz had four hits and doubled twice to increase his
AL-leading total to 20. Bellhorn, Johnny Damon and Jason Varitek
had three hits each.

"We beat one of the game's best pitchers," Damon said. "When
he has two strikes on you, he's as good as anybody. We tried to
swing the bats early in the count."

A few hours after learning AL batting champion Bill Mueller will
need knee surgery and be sidelined for about six weeks, Boston sent
Hudson (5-2) to his shortest outing this season, setting season
highs for runs and hits (19). The AL East leader won its fourth
straight and stopped Oakland's winning streak at five.

"When somebody goes down you don't use that as an excuse to
lose," said Boston manager Terry Francona, who has been without
the injured Nomar Garciaparra and Trot Nixon all season.

Schilling (6-3) struck out five to increase his season total to
66, passing teammate Pedro Martinez (63) for the AL lead. Schilling
allowed two runs and nine hits in seven innings, walking none and
lowering his ERA to 2.82, third in the league behind Cleveland's
C.C. Sabathia (2.26) and Seattle's Freddy Garcia (2.71).

"I was expecting this to be a tight one," said Schilling, who
struggled in the seventh when medication for a sprained ankle began
to wear off. "I was a little disappointed in the way that I

Schilling said he was "stunned" by Hudson's outing.

"Everybody thought it was going to be a pitchers' duel, but,
obviously, that didn't happen," Oakland's Eric Byrnes said.

Hudson dropped to 1-3 at Fenway Park with an 8.53 ERA. At 15-6,
the Red Sox have the top home record in the major leagues.

"There was nothing really working for me at all," Hudson said.
"My command of the fastball wasn't there, and if you don't have
that it's hard to get your other pitches on track."

Boston's offense was reminiscent of last year's Red Sox, who set
a major league record for slugging percentage and led the majors in
batting average.

Bellhorn's RBI matched a career high, and he set a career best
with four runs scored.

"You have nights like this," he said, "but I know my job is
to get on base in front of our big hitters."

Consecutive doubles by Ortiz and Ramirez put the Red Sox ahead
in the first inning Tuesday, and Varitek's RBI double in the third
made it 2-0. Bellhorn's two-run double and Ortiz's RBI double made
it 5-0 in the fourth, and the Red Sox added four runs in the fifth
off Chris Hammond.

Bellhorn had an RBI groundout, Ortiz singled home a run and
Ramirez capped the rally with a two-run homer. Bellhorn hit a
two-run homer in the seventh, and Gabe Kapler added a sacrifice

Oakland got its runs on Eric Chavez's RBI double in the sixth
and Mark Kotsay's run-scoring single in the seventh, when the A's
left the bases loaded.

Game notes
The A's were errorless, have just two errors in 13 games
and lead the AL in fielding percentage. ... Damon reached base to
lead off the first inning for the sixth straight game, singling.