Schilling earned his 16th win, and David Ortiz homered twice and
drove in four runs in the Red Sox's 11-5 victory over the Toronto
Blue Jays on Wednesday night.
"I feel strong. Tonight was the best fastball I've had in
probably three or four months," Schilling said. "It was a minimal
Schilling (16-6) joined Oakland's Mark Mulder (17-4) as the only
AL pitchers with at least 16 wins. Schilling allowed one run and
seven hits in 6 1-3 innings, struck out nine and walked none. His
last strikeout -- Gregg Zaun in the seventh -- was the 2,700th of his
career, making him the 18th player to reach that mark.
The win was also Schilling's first in four starts against
Toronto this season, helping Boston finish 5-1 on its road trip.
The Red Sox moved 5½ games behind New York in the AL East after the
Yankees lost 4-3 at Cleveland.
"We had a great road trip. We're clicking," Schilling said.
Ortiz entered in a 2-for-21 slump but went 3-for-4 for the Red
Sox, who have won eight of nine and improved to 32-32 on the road.
Manny Ramirez hit his AL-leading 34th homer and Orlando Cabrera
also went deep for Boston.
Ramirez and Ortiz hit back-to-back homers in the third inning
off Josh Towers (9-5), and Cabrera also homered in the inning to
give Boston a 5-1 lead. It was the third time Boston hit three
homers in an inning.
"Manny and David have been unbelievable," Schilling said.
"Having one of them is a huge plus. You put both of them in the
lineup and there's going to be a lot of issues for the other
Zaun hit an RBI single in the second to give the Blue Jays an
early 1-0 lead.
Rios went 3-for-5 for the Blue Jays, who finished 4-14 against
Boston this season.
"When you give a guy like Schilling a comfortable cushion, he's
going to shut you down," Blue Jays interim manager John Gibbons
said. "He settled in with a lead and was able to do what he wanted
Towers gave up five runs on nine hits in 3 2-3 innings.
Boston 1B Doug Mientkiewicz left in the fourth inning
because of a strained left shoulder. Mientkiewicz injured the
shoulder while sliding into second base in the third. He struck out
swinging in the fourth, and Kevin Millar replaced him to start the
bottom of the inning. Manager Terry Francona said he's day to day.
... Ramirez hit his 381st career homer, tying former teammate
Albert Belle for 49th on the all-time list. His next one will tie
former Red Sox great Jim Rice.