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Boston’s Schilling logs 16th victory

Ortiz hammers two home runs as Red Sox blast Blue Jays, 11-5

August 26, 2004

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— Curt Schilling hasn't felt this good in months, and that's great news for the Boston Red Sox.

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 effort."

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 61/3 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 Schilling's first in four starts against Toronto this season, helping Boston finish 5-1 on its road trip. The Red Sox moved 51/2 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 team."

Boston scored four times in the seventh on Ortiz's two-run homer.

Devil Rays 6, Mariners 5

Seattle -- Aubrey Huff drove in the go-ahead run with an RBI groundout in the ninth inning and Tampa Bay completed its first series sweep of Seattle. With the game tied at 5 in the ninth, Geoff Blum drew a leadoff walk and went to second on Rey Sanchez's sacrifice. Scott Atchison (1-2) intentionally walked Carl Crawford, and Julio Lugo followed with a single to load the bases.

Twins 8, Rangers 5

Arlington, Texas -- Minnesota didn't hit Texas starter Ryan Drese very hard, the Twins just hit him a lot. The AL Central-leading Twins had 13 hits off Drese (11-7), a career-high against the right-hander and one shy of a Rangers record. He pitched just 32/3 innings, his shortest outing this season.

Only one Minnesota starter didn't have a hit the first two innings, when the Twins already had 10 hits and a 6-2 lead. They had four infield singles and a bloop to left while scoring twice on grounders and then on Drese's errant pickoff throw.

Athletics 3, Orioles 0

Oakland, Calif. -- Marco Scutaro hit a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting Oakland over Baltimore. B.J. Ryan (3-4) struck out the first two batters he faced before Damian Miller singled and Bobby Crosby, hitless in 21 career at-bats against the Orioles, walked on a full count. Scutaro then drilled a 2-1 delivery over the left-field fence for his fifth homer.

Octavio Dotel (3-1) pitched a scoreless ninth for the victory, the A's third straight while sending the Orioles to their season-high ninth loss in a row.

Indians 4, Yankees 3

Cleveland -- Coco Crisp went headfirst for a go-ahead bunt single in the eighth inning that sent Cleveland over the New York, ending the Indians' nine-game losing streak. The Indians rallied for two runs in the eighth, providing an entertaining end to the 30,605 fans who spent much of the evening cheering for a squirrel.

The little brown critter ran onto the field in the third inning, later darted between Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter, and eventually settled down in center field. Play was held up several times, including in the seventh inning with Jeter at the plate and a runner on second.

Tigers 5, White Sox 4

Detroit -- Marcus Thames drove in three runs, and Nate Robertson pitched eight strong innings in Detroit's victory over slumping Chicago. Carlos Guillen added three hits, including a homer, for the Tigers, who have won six of nine. Aaron Rowand made it close in the ninth with a three-run homer off Ugueth Urbina, but Chicago lost for the sixth time in seven games. The White Sox have been outscored 46-21 in the losses. Robertson (11-7) won for the second straight start.

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