BOSTON (AP) -- Once the Boston Red Sox started hitting, Curt
Schilling's job was easy.
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.
Schilling gave up a pair of solo homers early but pitched six
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 RBI in the series.
"They've got a good offense," Philadelphia manager Larry Bowa
said. "They score a lot of runs."
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
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
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
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
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.
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