Curt Schilling flirted with a perfect game in his last outing, but ended up without a decision.
Now, the hard-throwing right-hander will try to help the Boston Red Sox avoid matching their longest losing streak of the season as they resume a three-game series with the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.
Schilling was perfect through 5 2-3 innings Sunday, but ended up allowing four earned runs and five hits in 7 2-3 innings of Boston’s 9-7, 12-inning win over the Seattle Mariners.
“Early, I thought he had that kind of command,” manager Terry Francona said of Schilling. “The fans got into it awful early. It was exciting. I am not superstitious at all, but I didn’t say anything. I didn’t want it to be my fault.”
“It takes luck, and I had some luck a couple of innings,” Schilling said.
After going 3-1 in April, Schilling, traded to Boston from Arizona in the offseason, had an outstanding May, allowing two or fewer runs in four of his six starts. The four runs he allowed Sunday were the most he had given up since April 22, when he was pounded for seven in a 7-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Red Sox are hoping that Schilling can help them snap their longest losing streak since they lost five in row from May 1-4. They lost 5-2 to the Royals Friday, falling a season-high 3 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees in the American League East.
Ken Harvey, who entered the game tied with Baltimore’s Melvin Mora for the AL batting lead at .379, singled to stretch his career-best hitting streak to 13 straight games. He finished 1-for-4, dropping his average to .376.
STANDINGS (through June 3): Red Sox - 2nd place, 2 1/2 GB, AL East. Royals - 5th place, 10 GB, AL Central.
RED SOX PROBABLE STARTER: Schilling (6-3, 3.00 ERA). Schilling is 2-0 with an 0.60 ERA in five career appearances, including one start, against the Royals—his second-best ERA against any opponent.
ROYALS PROBABLE STARTER: Darrell May (2-7, 5.74 ERA). May allowed five earned runs and eight hits in five innings of Monday’s 8-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers. The left-hander is 1-0 with a 4.07 ERA in six career appearances, including three starts, against the Red Sox.
SEASON SERIES: Tied, 2-2.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Red Sox - Boston has won 10 of its previous 13 games with Kansas City before Friday’s loss. … SS Nomar Garciaparra, on the DL with an injured Achilles’, was 1-for-4 in a rehab assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday and hopes to return to Boston’s lineup early next week. … RF Trot Nixon, who tweaked an injured left quad on May 2 and has been on the DL all season after being diagnosed with a herniated disc in March, could begin a rehab assignment with Single-A Sarasota on Monday. He took batting practice Thursday against RHP Ramiro Mendoza, who has been on the DL since April 9 with right shoulder tendinitis. Royals - LHP Jeremy Affeldt earned his sixth save in seven chances Friday. … The Royals acquired LHP Matt White from the Cleveland Indians on Friday for a player to be named. He will report to Triple-A Omaha. … OF Juan Gonzalez continues to take treatment for the lower back stiffness that put him on the DL on May 22. Manager Tony Pena said he is not sure when Gonzalez will return.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Red Sox - 13-14 on the road; Royals - 13-12 at home.
INJURIES: Red Sox - SS Garciaparra (Achilles’), 15-day DL; 3B Bill Mueller (knee), 15-day DL; OF Ellis Burks (knee), 15-day DL; OF Nixon (back), 15-day DL; RHP Mendoza (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Jason Shiell (elbow), 15-day DL; LHP Brad Thomas (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Scott Williamson (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Reynaldo Garcia (elbow), 60-day DL. Royals - OF Gonzalez (back), 15-day DL; OF Aaron Guiel (blurred vision), 15-day DL; RHP Kevin Appier (forearm), 15-day DL; RHP Miguel Asencio (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Runelvys Hernandez (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Kyle Snyder (shoulder), 60-day DL.