Schilling, acquired this past offseason to give the Red Sox a second ace to compliment Pedro Martinez, has quickly established himself as one of the top pitchers in the American League. The hard-throwing right-hander leads the Boston staff in victories (6), ERA (2.82) and is second only to Martinez with 66 strikeouts.
Schilling won his second straight start Tuesday against Oakland, yielding two runs and nine hits over seven strong innings, striking out five without a walk in a 12-2 win over the Athletics.
“Our offense was nails tonight,” said Schilling after receiving his most offensive support of the season.
Schilling, who has allowed two earned runs or fewer in five of his last six starts, and seven times in his first 10 outings overall, has been especially brilliant at Fenway. He is 4-0 with a 1.91 ERA in five starts at home.
For his career, Schilling is 5-2 with a 3.97 ERA in 11 appearances, including nine starts, at Fenway.
The Red Sox have dropped two of three since a five-game winning streak, including Saturday’s 5-4 setback to Seattle. Raul Ibanez homered and Dan Wilson hit a two-run double to help the struggling Mariners post their fourth win in six games.
Manny Ramirez homered and singled, and Kevin Millar had two hits for the Red Sox, who are 6-2 on a 10-game homestand. With Saturday loss, Boston dropped a half-game behind the New York Yankees for first place in the AL East.