Schilling couldn't extend Boston's string of shutouts, but he
did join his teammate at 12 victories on Thursday when he lasted
seven innings to help the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 6-4.
"Now it's on," said Schilling (12-3), who allowed four runs
and a season-high 10 hits while walking one and striking out six.
He gave up three runs in the second to end Boston's string of 22
scoreless innings, including consecutive 1-0 victories over the
lowly Kansas City Royals.
Beckett earned the victory on Wednesday, and after getting
congratulated by Schilling he reminded his elder teammate about the
challenge they discussed earlier in the season.
"He's like, `Let's go. You've got to catch me now," Schilling
said. "It's a kind of a game you play and I've always enjoyed
being in a rotation where you can do things like that."
Rangers reliever Bryan Corey (1-1) gave up single runs in the
sixth and seventh innings, allowing an RBI single to Mark Loretta
and a run-scoring double by Jason Varitek. Corey allowed two runs
and three hits with two walks, striking out one while getting four
Starter John Rheinecker couldn't make it out of the fourth for
the second consecutive game.
"You can use the same refrain for his outings here lately,"
Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "There have been a lot of
hard-hit balls. It's happened a lot."
Showalter praised his bullpen for keeping it close and his
lineup for getting back in the game. But he was critical of home
plate umpire Paul Schrieber, claiming that Schilling "got the
benefit" of borderline strike calls.
"With a guy like Schilling, when he's pitching, you're working
against a lot of elements here," Showalter said. "So that's part
of the challenge you face out there."
Rod Barajas, who had been 0-for-10 in his previous three games,
had two hits and three RBI for Texas.
Wily Mo Pena, making his first appearance since going on the
disabled list on May 27 with a left wrist injury, was 2-for-3 with
a two-run double off right fielder Mark DeRosa's glove. Loretta had
three hits, but he also got thrown out on the basepaths twice, once
when he didn't slide at home and once when he was picked off at
second by the catcher, Barajas.
"It was pretty bad," Loretta said.
Boston led 2-0 and 4-3 before Barajas doubled in Kevin Mench to
tie it at 4 in the sixth. In the bottom half, Alex Gonzalez walked
and took second on Alex Cora's sacrifice bunt. Loretta singled to
give Boston the lead, but then got picked off.
In the seventh, Manny Ramirez walked with one out and scored
when Varitek's line drive got past center fielder Gary Matthews Jr.
Pena singled, but C.J. Wilson got Trot Nixon and Gonzalez to end
The Red Sox scored two in the first. Loretta and Kevin Youkilis
singled, Ramirez hit an RBI double and then Youkilis scored when
first baseman Mark Teixeira chose not to throw home and took the
unassisted out instead.
But the Rangers took a 3-2 lead in the second on an RBI double
by Brad Wilkerson and a two-run single from Barajas.
Schilling is 8-0 in nine starts at home this season. The last
Red Sox pitcher to start 8-0 or better at home was Dennis
Eckersley, who won his first nine Fenway decisions in 1978.
Youkilis went 1-for-3 with two walks. He is 6-for-37 in his
last nine games. ... With a fifth-inning walk, Teixeira has reached
base in his last 14 games. ... Boston's David Ortiz was out of the
starting lineup for the first time all season. ... Rheinecker gave
up four runs and eight hits in 3 2-3. He walked one and struck out
one. ... Rangers RHP Adam Eaton went four innings in a rehab start
for Triple-A Oklahoma City, allowing one run and three hits with
two walks and striking out six. He might make another rehab start
before returning to the rotation, Showalter said. Eaton had surgery
on the middle finger of his pitching hand. ... Texas has an
outfield assist in three consecutive games.