Red Sox 6, Angels 2
Schilling and Pedro Martinez have combined to go 14-1 since May 19, including a 4-2 win by Martinez on Friday, and Boston is 27-11 when Schilling or Martinez start. The rest of the time, the Red Sox are 23-29.
“That’s not pressure, that’s expectation. You get that through production,” Schilling said. “People wouldn’t be expecting me to win if I hadn’t done it before. That’s part of the pride I take in doing my job. I expect that we should win on the days I pitch. And if we don’t, then I’ve done something tremendously wrong.”
Schilling (12-4) allowed one run and three hits in eight innings, struck out seven and walked none, retiring 17 of his last 19 batters.
Pitching on nine days’ rest after sitting out the All-Star game because of a sore right ankle, the six-time All-Star improved to 9-1 with a 2.04 ERA this season when pitching with more than four days off between starts.
“It was hot today, but I wasn’t worried about stamina. That’s never really a concern of mine,” said Schilling, who struck out the side in the seventh and came out after 113 pitches.
“I was probably a little more sluggish starting off the game than I expected to be, but being sluggish is no reason not to be able to pitch.”
Ortiz hit a go-ahead, three-run homer and had an RBI single that raised his league-leading RBIs total to 83. Gabe Kapler also homered off John Lackey (7-9), who allowed five runs and seven hits in six-plus innings. The right-hander, who had won his previous three decisions, struck out seven.
Lackey retired 16 of his first 18 batters, taking a two-hit shutout and 1-0 lead into the sixth before giving up a walk to Johnny Damon and a single to Mark Bellhorn. Ortiz, still awaiting word on a possible suspension for his ejection Friday night, followed with his 25th homer.
“I left a couple of pitches over the plate later in the game and they made me pay for it,” Lackey said. “The pitch to Ortiz wasn’t that bad.”
Ortiz’s teammates were still congratulating him in the dugout when Lackey hit Nomar Garciaparra with his next pitch. Plate umpire Kevin Kelley issued warnings to both dugouts, leading to an argument between Angels manager Mike Scioscia and Kelley.
“I thought the umpire made some poor judgment decisions in that situation,” Scioscia said. “There’s no way that John Lackey was throwing at Nomar.”
Schilling hit Bengie Molina in the backside with one out in the eighth, but was not ejected. That brought out Scioscia, who was tossed by Kelley.
“I don’t think there’s much question what Schilling was doing, after the control he was throwing the ball with before that,” Scioscia said. “The umpire said he didn’t think Schilling was throwing at Bengie. I’m a little disappointed that the umpire evidently could read John Lackey’s mind and couldn’t read Schilling’s mind.”
Schilling didn’t think Kelley would eject him once the pitch got away from him, even though Molina complained to the umpire about it.
“After the warnings, I told the umpire that I still have to pitch in. And that’s an indicator to me, more than anything, that I don’t pitch in enough,” said Schilling, who has hit three batters this season and 42 since making his major league debut in 1988.
“I mean, when you throw a ball in and guys aren’t able to get out of the way, you’re not pitching in enough. And that’s something I definitely need to do more of.”
Boston extended its lead to 6-1 in the seventh on Gabe Kapler’s homer, Johnny Damon’s double off Lackey, Ortiz’s RBI single against Scot Shields and Garciaparra’s RBI triple.
Ortiz, who came within a double of hitting for the cycle, got his first triple of the season and sixth of his career with a drive off the fence in left-center field in the first.
A scan taken Sunday on Boston RHP Tim Wakefield’s right shoulder blade revealed no breaks. He was hit by a line drive off the bat of Jose Molina in Saturday night’s 8-3 loss. … In his combined 129 starts for manager Terry Francona in Boston and Philadelphia, Schilling is 65-41 with a 2.97 ERA and 992 strikeouts. … Angels LF Jose Guillen, 2-for-17 against Schilling, got the day off and Tim Salmon started in LF for the second time in his 11-year career. … AL home run leader Manny Ramirez didn’t start for the third straight day because of hamstring problems.