BOSTON (AP)—Curt Schilling looked down the Yankees lineup and had a feeling this would not be like the last time he faced them.
“That’s a distinctly different team,” he said Monday night after pitching eight strong innings to beat New York 9-5 and earn his 199th career victory. “That’s not a knock against any of the players they’re running out there, but you’re talking about All-Star caliber players they’re replacing.”
Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada hit back-to-back homers off Keith Foulke, then Robinson Cano and Bernie Williams added consecutive doubles. But Terrence Long, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A on Sunday because of injuries to all three regular outfielders, flied out to center to end the game.
“This is a team that’s been wracked with some real significant injuries,” said Schilling (7-2), who allowed one run and five hits with no walks and six strikeouts. “I’m sure it’s a different lineup than we’re going to see next time we see them.”
Chien-Ming Wang (4-2) allowed seven runs and nine hits in six-plus innings for his first loss since April 21. With outfielders Hideki Matsui and Gary Sheffield out and regular center fielder Johnny Damon was the designated hitter because of a foot injury, the Yankees dropped the series opener and their third in four games.
“I think we’re playing at a pretty good level right now, but we’re shorthanded,” said manager Joe Torre, whose team came back from 9-0 and 4-0 deficits for wins last week. “You never know. This ballclub, even though we’re that far behind, they’re still going to go up there and take their whacks. They’re not going to phone it in. We just have to keep the score a little closer for it to work.”
Since winning his first four starts—with an ERA of 1.61—Schilling won just two of his next five, including a May 10 loss at Yankee Stadium in which he gave up three homers. But he rebounded at Fenway and left the injured Yankees looking for reinforcements as they dropped to 1-4 against Boston this season.
“We’re a little banged up, but we’re going to be there to the end,” Damon said. “And we’re going to be very solid.”
Melky Cabrera doubled and scored on Damon’s single to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the third. But Boston scored four in the bottom half, thanks to Ortiz and Ramirez.
It was the 443rd homer of Ramirez’s career, moving him past Dave Kingman and into 32nd on baseball’s all-time list. It was his 43rd career homer against the Yankees.
Boston added three runs in the seventh when Willie Harris singled and Cora beat out a drag bunt, then Youkilis doubled to score one run. Ortiz singled to score Youkilis and Ramirez hit a sacrifice fly to make it 7-1.
Long made his first appearance since being called up from Triple-A Columbus on Sunday. He started in left field. … Yankees RHP Shawn Chacon, who went on the disabled list Sunday, had a hematoma in his left leg drained Monday. … Former major league OF Richard Hidalgo went 1-for-3, including a two-run homer in his first at-bat, in his first extended spring training game. A second former big league outfielder, Jason Romano, went 2-for-2 with a triple and two walks. Both could join Columbus later this month. … Yankees reliever Octavio Dotel, who had elbow surgery, is scheduled to pitch two innings in an extended spring game Wednesday. … Red Sox CF Wily Mo Pena was a late scratch from the starting lineup after his sore left wrist bothered him during batting practice. Pena said pain in the wrist intensified when he made “a bad swing” Sunday in Philadelphia but thinks he may play Tuesday. Harris started in his place. … RHP David Riske was activated from the disabled list by Boston and LHP Abe Alvarez was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. … C Jason Varitek played his 1,001st game with the Red Sox on Monday. Only 25 players have appeared in more. Carl Yastrzemski’s 3,308 games are the most. … Since April 6, the Red Sox have been no more than percentage points out of the AL East lead.