"I was nervous all day. That's just the way I am," he said. "More so today than normal, but I expected that."
Assigned the task of preventing Boston from falling to 0-2 for the first time since 1996, Schilling allowed one run in six innings to lead the Red Sox past the Baltimore Orioles 4-1 Tuesday.
It was the first win with the Red Sox for manager Terry Francona, and Lee Mazzilli's initial loss as manager of the Orioles.
Boston's decision to pick Schilling in the 1986 amateur draft finally paid off -- 18 years later. Obtained in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks in November, the right-hander got the Red Sox back on track after Sunday's opening-night loss to Baltimore.
"This was different today in a lot of ways," said Schilling, now in his 14th major league season. "It's a different environment, there are a lot of expectations, and you want to live up to them the best you can."
Schilling (1-0) yielded six hits, struck out seven and walked one in earning his second career victory in the AL -- the first since 1990, when he was with the Orioles. He spent parts of three seasons in Baltimore after being traded from Boston with Brady Anderson in July 1988 for Mike Boddicker.
After throwing 109 pitches and staking the Red Sox to a 3-1 lead, Schilling was ordered to watch the remainder of the game from the dugout.
"He lobbied a little bit, but it wasn't one of his stronger lobbies," Francona said. "The whole idea is for him to feel strong in August and September, for us to win, and for him to pitch effectively."
"That's kind of how you draw it up, with Schill and then the bullpen coming in," Francona said. "Because we didn't hit the ball and we left some runners on base, it's great to win a game like that."
Baltimore starter Eric DuBose (0-1) allowed three runs, four hits and a career-high six walks in 5 1/3 innings. He wasn't terrible, but he wasn't nearly good enough to compete with Schilling.
"He's one of the best pitchers in the game, and you can't expect your offense to get a whole lot off him," DuBose said. "You've got to keep their offense down as long as possible and hope you get a chance to win late in the game."
Kevin Millar homered for the Red Sox, who received eight walks and made the most of five hits.
Luis Matos had two hits and drove in the lone run for the Orioles, who were seeking to build on their opening win over Pedro Martinez. Baltimore newcomers Miguel Tejada, Rafael Palmeiro and Javy Lopez, who combined to go 7-for-11 in that game, went 2-for-11 in this one.
Credit Schilling for that.
"No question, you have your hands full," Mazzilli said. "He had good stuff, and it seemed like he was always ahead in the count."
Boston took advantage of a wild streak by DuBose to go up 2-0 in the second. Manny Ramirez drew a leadoff walk and reached third before DuBose slipped on the mound and hurled a pitch that sailed far over the head of the catcher, allowing Ramirez to score. Jason Varitek followed with an RBI single.
Millar made it 3-0 in the fourth, driving a 3-2 pitch into the left-field seats.
Baltimore broke through in the fifth. After Larry Bigbie hit a one-out single and came around on a double by Matos, Schilling avoided further damage by retiring Brian Roberts and Melvin Mora on fly balls.
Boston added an unearned run in the ninth on Mora's second error of the game and third of the season at third base.
The victory kept the Red Sox from falling two games under .500 for the first time since April 9, 2000, when they were 2-4. ... Boston 3B Bill Mueller went 1-for-5 but is 25-for-62 (.403) against Baltimore. ... Roberts went 0-for-4 and is hitless in eight at-bats this season. ... Millar bruised his nose in a collision with Johnny Damon while both chased down a fly ball in the eighth inning.