Boston (55-44) at Baltimore (44-54)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Wed Jul 28, 2004
  • TV: NESN, CSN
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Curt Schilling was virtually inconsolable after his last start.

The right-hander will try to rebound from his worst performance in more than a month when the Boston Red Sox complete a rain-shortened two-game series with the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.

Schilling, who has won his last four decisions and is unbeaten in six straight starts, was hardly at his best against the rival New York Yankees on Friday night. He was reached for seven runs and 10 hits over 5 1-3 innings, but did not receive a decision in Boston’s 8-7 loss to the defending American League champions.

Afterward, Schilling hung his head between his hands in the Boston dugout while pitching coach Dave Wallace tried to console him. Schilling, who remained unbeaten in 11 starts at Fenway Park this year, felt he had let his teammates down in a crucial game which all of them had wanted so badly to win.

“We were tenacious. We played with intensity,” Schilling said. “If we play like we played tonight, every night for the rest of the season, we’re going to go to the World Series.”

Schilling has not lost since yielding seven runs and nine hits over six innings in a 7-6 setback at Colorado on June 16.

The Red Sox have won three straight since Schilling’s poor outing, including a 12-5 rout in Monday’s series opener, which began Boston’s season-high 14-game road trip.

The Orioles led 4-2 on Tuesday night, but the game was halted due to rain in the top of the third inning and ultimately postponed. The Red Sox slipped eight games behind the first-place Yankees in the AL East as New York beat Toronto 7-4.

No makeup date was announced, but Baltimore manager Lee Mazzilli projected the game would be played during Boston’s final visit to Camden Yards from Oct. 1-3.

The postponement washed out home runs by Baltimore’s Melvin Mora and B.J. Surhoff.

The Orioles have lost four of their last five.

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21-6 Record 3-4
3.26 ERA 5.14
203 K 45
35 BB 15
1.06 WHIP 1.43