SEATTLE (AP) -- When the Red Sox are coming off a loss, they want
Curt Schilling on the mound.
Schilling became the first 19-game winner in the major leagues
this year and Manny Ramirez homered twice, including his second
grand slam of the season, to lead Boston over the Seattle Mariners
13-2 Friday night.
Schilling (19-6) won his sixth straight start, his longest
winning streak since he won six in a row with Arizona from June 30
to July 27, 2002. He allowed two runs and four hits in seven
innings, walking none for the fifth consecutive start. Schilling is
10-3 following Boston losses, winning seven in a row.
"I wanted to come here and I wanted to help this team get to a
World Series," Schilling said. "Right now, it's working out that
way. We're playing great baseball and things are going well for
David Ortiz hit a go-ahead homer in a five-run sixth inning, and
Johnny Damon had three RBI for the Red Sox, who cut the New York
Yankees' AL East lead to 2½ games. Before the game, Schilling
watched some of the Yankees' 14-8 loss at Baltimore.
"I realized a lot of good things could happen tonight," he
Mariners manager Bob Melvin, Arizona's bench coach when
Schilling and Randy Johnson helped the Diamondbacks beat the
Yankees in the World Series three years ago, thinks Schilling might
be a better pitcher now.
"He was throwing some stuff I haven't seen him throw before,"
Melvin said. "He has picked up a cutter and a two-seamer."
Ramirez tied Ted Williams and Jimmie Foxx for fifth on the
career grand slam list at 17, passing Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth. The
only players ahead of Ramirez are Lou Gehrig (23), Eddie Murray
(19), and Willie McCovey and Robin Ventura (18 each).
Ramirez, who hit a solo homer in the fourth off Ryan Franklin
(3-15) and the grand slam in the seventh against Aaron Taylor,
reached 40 homers for the fourth time in his career, the first
since 2001. Ortiz and Ramirez have homered in the same game 12
times this season.
"When Manny hit both those balls, he looked like he was out in
front of them," manager Terry Francona said. "But he used his
hands and his wrists. I'm glad he's on our side."
Ramirez, Boston's left fielder, made an error on Dan Wilson's
fly ball that led to four unearned runs in the fifth inning in a
7-1 loss to Seattle on Thursday night. He said he wasn't thinking
about making up for his miscue.
"I just try to go out and do my thing," he said. "I don't
want to put any pressure on myself."
Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki went 0-for-4, ending his 14-game hitting
streak. Suzuki has 229 hits, 28 shy of the record George Sisler set
Franklin (3-15), gave up seven runs -- three earned -- six hits in
three walks in 5 2-3 innings, dropping to 0-11 in 17 starts since
beating the Chicago White Sox on June 5. He is Seattle's first
15-game loser since Erik Hanson was 8-17 in 1992.
Franklin wasn't around to talk to the media after the game. His
grandmother died two days ago and he left immediately after
showering to take a plane Spiro, Okla., his hometown, for the
Bret Boone's RBI double in the second put Seattle ahead, but
Boston took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on Ramirez's first homer and
Orlando Cabrera's sacrifice fly. Boone's 22nd homer retied it in
the bottom half.
After Ortiz homered in the sixth, Dave Roberts had an RBI
double, Damon a two-run triple that chased Franklin and Mark
Bellhorn an RBI single off Masao Kida. Four runs were unearned
because rookie shortstop Jose Lopez misplayed Kevin Millar's
Ramirez's has 387 homers, 45th on the career list, one
ahead of Dwight Evans. ... Franklin now has given up 31 homers this
season, second on the Mariners to Jamie Moyer's club record 39 this
year. ... Mariners rookie Jeremy Reed got his first major league
hit. ... Jason Varitek extended his hitting streak to 15 games.