Colorado (31-33) at Boston (41-22)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Wed Jun 13, 2007
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The Boston Red Sox lost a season-high four straight games last week. Strong starting pitching has helped them recover very quickly.

Curt Schilling takes the mound for the first time following his near no-hitter as the Red Sox continue a three-game series Wednesday night against the Colorado Rockies.

Tim Wakefield allowed one run in eight innings and J.D. Drew’s sacrifice fly snapped an eighth-inning tie, lifting Boston to a 2-1 victory in Tuesday’s series opener.

“I was in a situation where I wanted to get a pitch in a good part of the zone to be able to drive,” Drew said. “I was fortunate to get in a 3-1 count with a pitch out over the plate.”

David Ortiz went 3-for-3 for the Red Sox (41-22), who improved the best record in the majors with their fourth win in five games following that four-game skid.

Boston’s starters have compiled a 1.94 ERA over the past five contests, a stretch that includes Schilling’s 1-0 victory Thursday at Oakland.

Schilling (6-2, 3.49 ERA) fell one out short of a no-hitter in that game, as Shannon Stewart ended his bid for history with a clean single to right. The right-hander retired the next batter to complete his 20th career shutout, finishing with no walks and four strikeouts.

“It was fun,” Schilling said. “It was 1-0 the whole day, so that kind of alleviates thinking about anything else. In a 1-0 game, you’re trying to stay away from a tie.”

Schilling is 2-0 with a 3.57 ERA in seven starts at Fenway Park this season with the Red Sox winning six of those games. He is 11-5 with a 4.17 ERA in 24 career starts against the Rockies.

With his team’s offense struggling, Boston manager Terry Francona dropped Julio Lugo from the leadoff spot to ninth in the order before Tuesday’s game and inserted rookie Dustin Pedroia at the top of the lineup.

Lugo went 3-for-27 on a road trip to Oakland and Arizona, and is batting .213 while Pedroia is hitting .314 with a .399 on-base percentage.

The move comes with the Red Sox scoring two runs or fewer in five of their last seven games.

“You’re at the top of the lineup, you need to get on base consistently,” Lugo said on the team’s official Web site. “I understand that. If you’re not getting it done and somebody else can get it done better … do what it takes to keep winning, that’s all.”

Colorado (31-33) dropped to 2-2 on a six-game interleague road trip with only its second loss in the last nine away from home.

The Rockies, 3-4 in interleague play this year, failed to reach .500 for the first time since April 13.

Willy Taveras went 0-for-4, snapping his career-high 15-game hitting streak.

Josh Fogg (1-5, 5.06), Wednesday’s starter for Colorado, struggled in his first start following a stint on the disabled list, allowing six runs and 11 hits over five innings Thursday against Houston before escaping without a decision. The right-hander, who was out two weeks with a strained right groin, is 0-4 with a 4.63 ERA in his last six starts.

Fogg, a native of Lynn, Massachusetts, lost his only start against the Red Sox on June 17, 2005, while with Pittsburgh. He gave up five runs and eight hits in seven innings in that game.

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J. Fogg PHI vs. C. Schilling BOS
10-9 Record 9-8
4.94 ERA 3.87
94 K 101
59 BB 23
1.53 WHIP 1.25

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