Texas (56-54) at Boston (63-47)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Mon Aug 8, 2005
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Even though he’s not in the starting rotation, Curt Schilling has been very helpful during the Boston Red Sox’s recent surge.

Schilling hopes for a chance to pick up another save for the Red Sox as they open a three-game series with the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park.

Schilling picked up his ninth save in 10 chances in Boston’s 11-7 win over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday. Schilling, who has saved seven of the Red Sox’s last eight wins, moved to Boston’s bullpen in July after nearly three months on the disabled list.

He gave up two runs and was charged with a loss to the New York Yankees in his first appearance as Boston’s closer on July 14, but has been much more reliable since. Schilling entered with the bases loaded on Sunday and walked in a run before recording the final out, helping the Red Sox salvage the finale of a three-game set.

“I was more upset about the walk,” Schilling said. “I didn’t want to do something stupid to get the tying run to the plate.”

The Red Sox have won nine of 11 and lead the Yankees by 3 1/2 games in the AL East.

Manny Ramirez went 4-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs for the Red Sox, and Gabe Kapler added a solo homer. Boston batted around in the first inning and matched a season high with six hits in the first inning.

Johnny Damon, Bill Mueller and Jason Varitek all got the day off.

“It’s nice, especially, resting a couple of people,” manager Terry Francona said. “Gabe has a big game. Edgar (Renteria), who probably needed a day but couldn’t take it, has a big day offensively. It’s good to see.”

The Rangers beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-3 on Sunday for their third victory in four games. Mark Teixeira and Gary Matthews Jr. each homered and drove in three runs, and Kevin Mench also connected for Texas, which leads the majors with 188 homers.

Teixeira, who tied a career high with four hits Sunday, homered in all three games of Texas’ series with Baltimore.

The Rangers finished their homestand 3-3, and now open a 13-game road trip.

“It’s always nice to win the last game before a road trip,” Teixeira said. “You never want to go on a 3-hour flight after getting kicked.”

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