Boston (10-7) at Tampa Bay (7-10)

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  • Game info: 6:15 pm EDT Sat Apr 23, 2005
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Curt Schilling was glad to get his first win of the season out of the way, no matter how ugly it was.

The veteran right-hander will look to turn in a better outing when the visiting Boston Red Sox resume their three-game series with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Schilling allowed five runs, three earned, and 10 hits over five innings in Monday’s 12-7 win over Toronto. Schilling, who is coming off ankle surgery in November, threw 118 pitches.

“It’s a win,” Schilling said. “My fastball is anywhere from 87-94 mph. I’m not really sure why the inconsistency is there right now.

“There’s some things I need to work on and address and get right. I’ve certainly felt better than I’ve shown. I’m never happy with going five. It’s not what they pay me to do, but again, it’s a win.”

Schilling struck out 10 and walked just two for his first win since Game 2 of last season’s World Series.

“It was a struggle from the get-go,” Boston manager Terry Francona said. “He’s not doing what he usually does, or quite as precise, and I think they are able to foul pitches off that in midseason form they miss.”

In his only other start this season, Schilling allowed five earned runs and nine hits, including two homers, in 5 2-3 innings of a 5-2 loss to the New York Yankees on April 13.

“I’m just kind of looking at this as a W and addressing the things I need to address,” he said Monday. “I can’t explain it. I think a lot of it has to do with mechanics.”

The Red Sox are coming off just their second loss in nine games, a 5-4 defeat to the Devil Rays on Friday. Eduardo Perez, son of Hall of Famer Tony Perez, led off the ninth with his seventh career pinch-hit homer to win it for Tampa Bay.

Julio Lugo went 3-for-4 and had three RBIs for Tampa Bay, which has won three of four following a four-game losing streak.

Johnny Damon went 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Boston.

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8-8 Record 5-12
5.69 ERA 5.62
87 K 87
22 BB 38
1.53 WHIP 1.46