Red Sox 6, Orioles 5
The right-hander questioned whether his contribution was worthy of that distinction.
Schilling (6-2) allowed five runs and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings. He also yielded three homers in his previous start, a loss to the New York Yankees, but this time the Red Sox were able to mount enough offense to overcome the blows.
“It’s a win. It’s a win because our bullpen is what it is and offensively we do what we have to do,” Schilling said. “I had about zero input in this game, other than getting the first 17 outs.”
The Red Sox went up 4-0 after four, but Schilling surrendered three homers and five runs over a two-inning span before Boston rallied to go in front for good.
“We had a 4-0 lead and in my mind, when I’m on the mound and it’s 4-0, the game’s over,” he said. “I’m not pitching that way and that’s got to change.”
Ramon Hernandez, Brandon Fahey and Jay Gibbons homered for the Orioles, who turned a 4-0 deficit into a 5-4 lead before Boston rallied for its eighth win in 10 games. It was Fahey’s first major league homer, although he wasn’t particularly impressed with getting it off Schilling.
“It doesn’t matter who it was,” the 160-pound rookie said. “Anytime you hit your first home run in the major leagues, it’s an exciting moment.”
“We talked about it on the bench—let’s get it right back, try to score right away,” Loretta said. “It’s always deflating when the other team comes back to tie it or take the lead.”
“We came up with some big hits when we needed and the bullpen was lights out,” Loretta said.
The Orioles trailed 4-0 before Hernandez hit an opposite-field solo shot to right in the fourth inning.
Schilling lamented his inability to close out the Orioles when given the opportunity.
“Seven two-strike hits, four 0-2 hits—I’m still overthrowing the ball in situations I can’t be,” he said.
“I know, stuff-wise, I’m different than I was two years ago. I don’t have that 96, 97 anymore consistently when I need it with two strikes. But I’m not translating that on the field. I’m overthrowing the ball with two strikes and it’s costing me and it’s costing us.”
Baltimore starter Bruce Chen gave up four runs, five hits and two walks in four innings. The two homers he allowed raised his season total to 13—in only 35 innings. That, and the .351 batting average by opposing batters, are two reasons why the left-hander is winless in eight starts with an 8.23 ERA.
Chen retired the side in order in the first inning, but reverted to form in the second. Ramirez hit his seventh homer on an 0-1 count, and two outs later Nixon connected.
The Orioles stranded runners at second and third in the second, and Boston made it 4-0 in the fourth. Mike Lowell hit his AL-leading 20th double and scored from third when Gibbons dropped Wily Mo Pena’s fly ball to right. After a wild pitch, Pena scored on a two-out double by Youkilis.
Ramirez now has 442 homers, tied with Dave Kingman for 33rd place on the career list. … The Red Sox went nine games over .500 (23-14) for the first time this season. … Boston LHP David Wells threw 82 pitches in a simulated game. Barring any complications, he will have a rehabilitation start Sunday for Triple-A Pawtucket and pitch on May 26 versus Tampa Bay. … The Orioles fell to 4-16 against teams above .500.