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Schilling impressive in first start with Red Sox

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Schilling impressive in first start with Red Sox

Postby WebHamster » Wed Apr 07, 2004 2:01 am

Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Curt Schilling pitched six strong innings to win his Red Sox debut and Kevin Millar homered, as Boston earned a 4-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.

The Red Sox rebounded from a 7-2 loss in Sunday night's season-opener and gave Terry Francona his first win as Boston manager. Jason Varitek also knocked in a run for the Red Sox.

Schilling (1-0), acquired in an off-season trade with Arizona, limited the Orioles to six hits and one run with one walk and seven strikeouts. He finally made his first appearance for the Red Sox, who selected the righthander in the second round of the 1986 draft but traded him to Baltimore in 1988.

"I had a lot of adrenaline today," Schilling said. "I overthrew a couple of pitches and I think overthrowing them, I realized it right away and settled down. We had a good game plan going in and we stuck to it."

The Boston bullpen combined for three innings of hitless relief. Alan Embree pitched the seventh, Mike Timlin worked the eighth and new closer Keith Foulke tossed a perfect ninth to nail down the save.

Eric DuBose (0-1) took the loss for the Orioles. He gave up three runs on four hits with a career-high six walks in 5 1/3 innings. Luis Matos had two hits and drove in the lone run in defeat.

The Red Sox scored twice in the second inning to take the lead. Manny Ramirez drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a single by David Ortiz and moved to third on a fielder's choice by Millar. DuBose then uncorked a wild pitch to score Ramirez with the first run. Millar took second on the play and scored on a base hit by Varitek for a 2-0 edge.

Millar drilled a homer into the left field seats with one out in the fourth to make it 3-0.

Baltimore finally got on the board in the fifth when Larry Bigbie singled with one out and raced home from first on a double to the left-center field gap by Matos. Schilling then got Brian Roberts and Melvin Mora on fly balls to end the inning.

"We had a chance to get back in the game, but Schilling is Schilling," said Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli.

Boston loaded the bases with one out in the sixth on an error and a pair of walks, ending DuBose's day. John Parrish, though, got Pokey Reese on a force out at home and Johnny Damon on a fly ball to right to keep the Orioles within two.

Baltimore, however, could not dent the Boston bullpen and the Red Sox tacked on an unearned run in the ninth. Reese led off with a single and Damon walked, but Mike DeJean got Bill Mueller to hit into a double play. Ellis Burks followed with a grounder to third that should have ended the inning, but Mora misplayed it for an error to allow Reese to score.

Millar left the contest in the eighth inning when he collided in right-center field with Damon, who made the catch of a fly ball. Millar was able to walk off the field under his own power.
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