Red Sox 12, Phillies 3

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BOSTON (AP)—Once the Boston Red Sox started hitting, Curt Schilling’s job was easy.

Schilling beat his former team for his 10th win of the season, and David Ortiz homered and drove in three runs to lead the Red Sox over the Philadelphia Phillies 12-3 Sunday.

For the past 12 games, the Red Sox have been inconsistent on offense, and it has shown with a 5-7 record. In the wins, they are scoring 11.6 runs per game— but just 2.9 in the losses.

“Hopefully, this will give this team what we need to get going,” catcher Jason Varitek said.

Manny Ramirez had three RBIs and Mark Bellhorn hit a three-run homer for Boston.

Schilling gave up a pair of solo homers early but pitched six solid innings.

Ramirez and Nomar Garciaparra hit two-run doubles on consecutive pitches in the third inning as the Red Sox erased a 3-0 deficit. Bellhorn added his three-run homer in the eighth, helping Boston take two of three from the Phillies.

“A series win against a real good ballclub, which is probably the most important thing,” Schilling said. “I think everybody feels like we just need to be more consistent, offensively, certainly defensively, and pitching.”

Asked if his team’s play of late bothers him, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said: “Not when you’re on the good side. If you’re going to take a blowout win, a blowout loss, and a close win, I’ll take the blowout win.”

Ortiz hit a two-run shot and increased his RBI total to 72. Ramirez finished with nine RBIs in the series.

“They’ve got a good offense,” Philadelphia manager Larry Bowa said. “They score a lot of runs.”

Pat Burrell and David Bell each hit a solo homer for Philadelphia.

The Phillies went 2-4 on their road trip, and Bobby Abreu was just 3-for-20 at the plate.

Schilling (10-4), who pitched for the Phillies from 1992-00, gave up three runs on eight hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. Texas’ Kenny Rogers is the AL’s only other 10-game winner.

Schilling improved to 7-0 in nine starts at Fenway Park this season. Alan Embree, Mike Timlin and Keith Foulke finished it.

Boston, which avoided losing consecutive home series for the first time this year, rallied for four runs against Brett Myers (5-5) in the third.

Johnny Damon and Bellhorn had one-out singles to load the bases after Kevin Youkilis walked. Myers nearly got out of the inning when he struck out Ortiz and put Ramirez in an 0-2 hole, but Ramirez hit a drive that bounced into the Phillies’ bullpen for a ground-rule double.

Garciaparra, who had been 0-for-9 in the series, followed with a long fly to the triangle in right-center that bounced over the fence for another ground-rule double and a 4-3 lead.

“I thought Nomar’s ball was a popup until I looked back, and I couldn’t believe our center fielder was still chasing,” Myers said. “They are a very good team, and they were very impressive this weekend.”

Ortiz homered into the center-field seats in the fifth after Bellhorn walked. Ortiz’s bad-hop double drove in a run before he scored on Ramirez’s double, making it 8-3 in the seventh.

Youkilis had an RBI single and Bellhorn hit a three-run homer off reliever Billy Wagner in the eighth.

It was the first game this weekend that Boston kept major league home run leader Jim Thome in the park. Thome went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

The Phillies jumped to a 2-0 lead in the second when Burrell and Bell each hit a first-pitch fastball from Schilling into the seats above the Green Monster. Philadelphia made it 3-0 in the third on Placido Polanco’s RBI single.

Myers allowed eight runs and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings.

Notes

The Phillies open a 14-game homestand, their longest since 2000, on Monday against Montreal. … The Red Sox had lost their last three series. … The Red Sox played Elton John’s “Philadelphia Freedom” before each game. … Schilling’s fastball reached 97 mph in the sixth inning. … Boston opens a three-game series against the AL East-leading Yankees on Tuesday in New York…. The Red Sox have scored nine runs or more in their last five wins.

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