Final

Series: Game 1 of 2

Boston leads 1-0 (as of 4/25)

Game 1: Wednesday, April 25
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Game 2: Thursday, April 26
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Red Sox 6

(13-7, 6-4 away)

Orioles 1

(11-10, 7-5 home)

    7:05 PM ET, April 25, 2007

    Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland 

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    W: C. Schilling (3-1)

    L: D. Cabrera (1-2)

    Red Sox take advantage of Orioles' bullpen in victory

    A CLOSER LOOK
    • Summary: Curt Schilling pitched seven strong innings, and the Red Sox took advantage of Baltimore's bullpen late, scoring three runs in the seventh and two in the ninth for a 6-1 victory.

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    • Turning point: Orioles starter Daniel Cabrera (1-2) left with two on and two outs in the seventh and the score 1-1, but Jamie Walker and Chad Bradford couldn't get out of the inning before giving up three runs.

    • Hero: David Ortiz's opposite-field single on a full count drove in the go-ahead run for the Red Sox.

    • Figure this: Before Wednesday night, Walker and Bradford had given up two runs in 17 1/3 innings.

    • Elias Says: Ortiz drove in the winning run with a seventh-inning single. It was Ortiz's 27th game-winner in Late-Inning Pressure Situations since he joined the Red Sox in 2003, and it broke a tie with Albert Pujols for the highest total in the majors during that time -- albeit briefly. Before the night was over, Pujols tied Ortiz with an eighth-inning game-winning double in the Cardinals' 5-2 victory over the Reds.

    -- ESPN.com news services

    Red Sox 6, Orioles 1

    BALTIMORE (AP) -- Daniel Cabrera limited the Boston Red Sox to one run before he walked off the mound in the seventh inning with the score tied, leaving the outcome to be decided by a Baltimore bullpen that during the offseason received a $42 million makeover.

    On this night, the Orioles didn't get their money's worth.

    Curt Schilling pitched seven innings of five-hit ball, David Ortiz drove in the tiebreaking with a bloop single in the seventh, and the Red Sox pulled away to a 6-1 victory Wednesday.

    Cabrera (1-2) left after getting two outs and walking two batters. Jamie Walker came in to face Ortiz, who worked the count to 3-2 before plopping an opposite-field single in front of charging left fielder Jay Payton, giving the Red Sox the lead for good.

    "He fought off some good pitches, and [Walker] actually made a good pitch on the last one," Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo said. "He just flared one in on us. Not much you can do about that."

    Ortiz is known for his towering home runs, but on this at-bat a single was all the Red Sox needed.

    "David's at-bat was tremendous. The deeper he got into the count, it looked like the more dangerous he got," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "He did not crush that ball, but it looked like he stayed on it enough to find some outfield grass, and we extended the inning."

    Manny Ramirez then stopped an 0-for-12 drought with an RBI single off Chad Bradford, who forced in a run by walking J.D. Drew and Mike Lowell.

    Walker and Bradford are part of a $42 million makeover the Baltimore bullpen received during the offseason. Before facing the Red Sox, the duo had given up two runs in 17 1/3 innings.

    "We did a good job against a good bullpen," Francona said.

    "I thought Jamie had a good battle there and Chad didn't quite have the command he normally does," Perlozzo said. "They're not going to pitch great every time they're out there. That's just a fact."

    After losing two straight to Toronto by a combined 17-6 score, Boston scored five runs over the final three innings to avoid its first three-game skid of the season. Alex Cora hit his first homer for the Red Sox, who have won 16 of their last 19 games against the Orioles.

    Baltimore has lost three straight after winning four in a row.

    Schilling (3-1) gave up one run, struck out three and walked two. The 40-year-old right-hander gave up a home run to Miguel Tejada but allowed only one other batter beyond second base.

    Schilling may not have the arm strength he possessed in his prime, but he still knows how to change speeds and fool batters.

    "I have not pitched like this since 1992. I am not that 96 [mph] guy anymore," Schilling said. "I can be effective and I can get outs and I can go deep in games and I can finish games just as easily with the stuff I am throwing now. There will be days when I feel better than others."

    He felt very good about helping Boston end its mini-slide.

    "This was a good win. We lost two in a row, and when you are in a rotation like this something you do not expect to see are losing streaks," Schilling said. "Everybody on this team can be a stopper."

    Boston added two runs in the ninth off rookie Jim Johnson. Ramirez hit a sacrifice fly on a drive that center field Corey Patterson caught by leaping to the top of the wall, and Lowell hit an RBI single.

    Cora gave the Red Sox a 1-0 lead with his second homer since August 15, 2005, a drive that landed in the front row of the right-field bleachers.

    It was the first home run yielded by Cabrera in five starts this season. He had pitched 57 2/3 innings without surrendering a homer, dating to Sept. 6.

    Cora went 2-for-2 against Cabrera and is 11-for-18 (.611) in his career against the right-hander.

    Cabrera walked two in the sixth but got out of trouble by striking out Jason Varitek with a rising 3-2 fastball. The 6-foot-9 pitcher hopped off the mound and pumped his fist before heading to the dugout.

    Tejada homered in the bottom half to make it 1-1. It was his home run of the season; the first came on Opening Day in Minnesota.

    Game notes


    Sgt. Mark Ecker II, who lost parts of both his legs while serving in the war in Iraq, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Players from both teams stood and cheered during his introduction. ... Orioles 3B Melvin Mora was omitted from the starting lineup for the first time this season, in part because he's 3-for-25 lifetime against Schilling. ... Schilling is 4-0 in his last five starts against Baltimore.

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