Schilling, who leads Boston starters with a 3.61 ERA, is tied for the team lead in victories with Pedro Martinez (13). The veteran right-hander had been particularly dominant at Fenway, going 7-0 with a 3.32 ERA in 11 starts, before Monday’s 8-3 loss to Tampa Bay.
Schilling gave up six runs and 10 hits, including a season-high three homers, over five-plus innings, falling to 1-2 with a 6.50 ERA in his last four outings overall.
“You can say what you want about strength of schedule or teams under .500,” Schilling said. “There are no patsies in this league. If you don’t go out and execute, you’re going to get into trouble, and tonight was about execution.”
“I didn’t feel as sharp as usual,” he added. “I’ve won with worse stuff.”
The White Sox edged the Red Sox 8-7 in Friday’s series opener. Chicago’s Aaron Rowand hit two home runs, the second a tiebreaking shot in the seventh inning, and tied a career-high with four RBIs.
The White Sox, who have won four of their last six games after a four-game slide, were not thrown off by knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, who was touched up for six runs and six hits over 6 1-3 innings.
Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen expects the White Sox to adapt to the hard-throwing Schilling.
“He still throws 95? Not bad for a guy who is 100-years-old,” joked Guillen. “But you have to make an adjustment right away. We have to go up there and put up good at-bats.”