Sox continue dominance of O’s

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BALTIMORE (AP) – Curt Schilling earned his sixth victory despite allowing three home runs, and the Boston Red Sox got homers from Manny Ramirez and Trot Nixon in a 6-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.

David Ortiz singled in the tiebreaking run in the sixth inning and Mark Loretta had three hits for the Red Sox, who beat Baltimore for a 13th straight time – eight in a row this season.

Schilling (6-2) allowed five runs and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings. He also yielded three homers in his previous start, a loss to the New York Yankees, but this time the Red Sox were able to mount enough offense to overcome the blows.

Ramon Hernandez, Brandon Fahey and Jay Gibbons homered for the Orioles, who turned a 4-0 deficit into a 5-4 lead before Boston rallied for its eighth win in 10 games. It was Fahey’s first major league homer.

After Nixon and Kevin Youkilis drew walks in the sixth inning, Loretta and Ortiz hit two-out RBI singles off Todd Williams (1-1) to put the Red Sox up 6-5.

The Boston bullpen made the lead stand up. Mike Timlin retired all six batters he faced and Jonathan Papelbon worked the ninth for his 14th save in 14 chances.

The Orioles trailed 4-0 before Hernandez hit an opposite-field solo shot to right in the fourth inning.

Baltimore followed up with a four-run fifth. After Nick Markakis hit a one-out single, Fahey homered to right. One out later, Miguel Tejada doubled and Gibbons hit his 10th homer on a 3-2 pitch.

The lead dissipated the next inning, and the Orioles didn’t have another comeback left in them.

Baltimore starter Bruce Chen gave up four runs, five hits and two walks in four innings.

The two homers he allowed raised his season total to 13 – in only 35 innings. That, and the .351 batting average his opponents have against him, are two reasons why the left-hander is winless in eight starts with an 8.23 ERA.

Chen retired the side in order in the first inning, but reverted to form in the second. Ramirez hit his seventh homer on an 0-1 count, and two outs later Nixon connected.

The Orioles stranded runners at second and third in the second, and Boston made it 4-0 in the fourth. Mike Lowell hit his AL-leading 20th double and scored from third when Gibbons dropped Wily Mo Pena’s fly ball to right. After a wild pitch, Pena scored on a two-out double by Youkilis.

Notes: Ramirez now has 442 homers, tied with Dave Kingman for 33rd place on the career list. … The Red Sox went nine games over .500 (23-14) for the first time this season. … Boston LHP David Wells threw 82 pitches in a simulated game. Barring any complications, he will have a rehabilitation start Sunday for Triple-A Pawtucket and pitch on May 26 versus Tampa Bay. … The Orioles fell to 4-16 against teams above .500.

AP-ES-05-16-06 2226EDT


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