Schilling pitches Red Sox to another victory over Yankees

Posted: Sunday, April 18, 2004

BOSTON Curt Schilling swung his arm in the air, angry when his manager came to the mound to give him the hook.

Alex Rodriguez had more reason to be upset, slamming his helmet to the ground when he ended a late New York threat by grounding into a double play.

Schilling dominated and A-Rod disappeared once again as the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 5-2 Saturday, improving to 2-0 in the big April four-game series.

Schilling had looked forward eagerly to the game since he was acquired from Arizona in late November. Did it match his expectations?

''All things aside, we won,'' he said calmly. ''We took the first two games of the series against a good team.''

The Yankees (5-6) haven't looked like one. They have four runs and 12 hits in the first two games of the four-game series, Rodriguez, nearly acquired by Boston from Texas last November, is 0-for-8 with three strikeouts. Derek Jeter is 2-for-10 with three strikeouts and two errors.

''I'm just trying to find a groove where I feel comfortable,'' said Rodriguez, whose batting average dropped to .171. ''Ups and downs are a part of it.''

Boston took a 3-0 lead in the first three innings and went up 4-1 in the fifth on Manny Ramirez's second homer of the series and 350th of his career. Tony Clark's fifth-inning homer was New York's only run until Jeter's RBI single in the ninth.

Schilling struck out eight and allowed six hits and four walks in 6 1-3 innings. After retiring Jeter on a called third strike on his 121st pitch, Schilling watched manager Terry Francona walk from the dugout.

When Francona pointed to the bullpen from around the first-base line, Schilling punched the air.

''I was less than pleased,'' said Schilling, who understood why Francona made the early signal. ''Conversation is not the smartest thing when I'm in the game.''

Mike Mussina (1-3) struggled, forcing in Boston's first two runs with a bases-loaded walk and hit batter. Mussina, who had been 10-5 in Fenway Park, allowed four runs three earned seven hits and four walks in just five innings.

''I'm not injured, so you just have to keep going out there and fighting,'' he said. ''When you play the Red Sox, with all the hype and expectations there, you have to come out and play your best game. We haven't.''

On Friday, Tim Wakefield led Boston to a 6-2 win in the first of 19 regular-season meetings between the teams. The highly anticipated series is the first between the teams since Aaron Boone's 11th-inning homer won Game 7 of the AL championship series last October.

''Imagine seeing Schilling's fastball after having to face Wakefield's knuckleball,'' Boston's Johnny Damon said.

Orioles 5, Blue Jays 3

TORONTO Larry Bigbie hit a go-ahead homer in the ninth off Justin Speir (1-1), giving Baltimore its third straight win. Brian Roberts followed with a double and scored on a single by Miguel Tejada.

B.J. Ryan (1-0) pitched the eighth, and Jorge Julio completed the six-hitter for his first save.

Toronto's Josh Towers, who hadn't pitched since spring training, gave up three runs and eight hits in 4 2-3 innings.

Tigers 6, Indians 1

CLEVELAND Mike Maroth worked out of three jams for his second win this season.

A 21-game loser a year ago, Maroth won his fourth straight decision. He allowed 10 hits in 7 1-3 innings. But Maroth struck out Jody Gerut with the bases loaded in the third, got out of a two-on, one-out jam in the fourth and escaped a first-and-third no outs jam in the fifth.

White Sox 4, Devil Rays 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Scott Schoeneweis allowed an unearned run and five hits in 6 2-3 innings to lead the Chicago White Sox over Tampa Bay.

Schoeneweis (1-1) made his second start of the season. The left-hander had made 98 consecutive relief appearances since June 25, 2002, before his start for the White Sox April 8.

Twins 8, Royals 4

MINNEAPOLIS Henry Blanco had a two-run double and an RBI single and Lew Ford added two RBIs to lead Minnesota to its fourth straight victory.

Carlos Beltran homered for the fourth straight game and Mike Sweeney hit a three-run shot for Kansas City, which has lost five in a row.

Mariners 4, Rangers 1

SEATTLE Jamie Moyer pitched three-hit ball for eight innings and Dan Wilson hit a three-run double, leading Seattle over Texas.

Moyer (1-1) improved to 13-3 lifetime against the Rangers by beating them for the seventh straight time. He hasn't lost to Texas since July 4, 2001.

Angels 6, Athletics 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. Vladimir Guerrero and Troy Glaus each hit a two-run homer to send Anaheim past Oakland.

Jarrod Washburn (2-1) allowed two runs in five innings for the win after struggling in his first two starts.

Scott Shields, Francisco Rodriguez and Troy Percival finished up for Anaheim. Rodriguez struck out all four batters he faced. Percival got his third save despite giving up a pinch-hit homer to Billy McMillon in the ninth and walking two batters.

Mark Mulder (1-1) gave up four runs and five hits in seven innings. It's the first time in Oakland's first four series that the Athletics didn't win the first two games.

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