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•Ryan Speier became the first relief pitcher in postseason history to walk in a run three times in the same game, doing so consecutively in relief of Morales.
Red Sox batters sprayed hits all over Fenway, and by the fifth inning they had tied Series records for doubles (eight) and extra-base hits (nine). David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez combined for six hits, five runs and four RBIs.
"Every time they go up there they're trying to see five or six pitches, and they grind pitchers out," said Boston starter Josh Beckett, who opened the game with 17 straight fastballs and four consecutive strikeouts in a one-run, seven-inning, no-sweat start.
The Rockies did their best to shake off the defeat with little worry. Francis stood at his locker and calmly answered questions as if reconstructing a long-ago traffic accident. "They're patient when they need to be and take advantage of pitches early in the count," he said. Somebody turned up the music in the clubhouse. It had been 26 days since the Rockies lost a game of any kind. This one was emphatic. No longer were they hot.
GAME 2, at
Fourteen years ago, pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies, Curt Schilling had hurled 147 pitches, many of them in the upper 90s, to shut out the Toronto Blue Jays in the World Series. By contrast, the Curt Schilling who took the ball for Boston in Game 2 could hardly break 90 miles per hour, and his nearly 41-year-old body stood at the mercy of the cool weather and the long innings when his Red Sox team batted, stiffening his muscles and joints. Time had diminished his velocity and stamina, but it changed nothing of what he is about in October.
Schilling found himself locked in a rare postseason pitching duel at Fenway Park. His opponent, a rugged righthander named Ubaldo Jimenez, was younger by more than 16 years and threw a fastball that reached 98 mph. But when the sixth inning dawned, there stood the weathered Schilling, still with the ball and now with a lead, 2-1, while the broad-shouldered Jimenez was gone to the showers. Boston relievers Hideki Okajima (seven outs) and Jonathan Papelbon (four outs, including a pickoff of Matt Holliday at first to close the eighth) would preserve the lead and the score. But Schilling was the worthy victor. He gave up a run after hitting the first batter of the game but pitched shutout ball until there was one out in the sixth.
The duel left little margin for error, but Schilling's advantage over Jimenez was his ability to throw strikes. Jimenez walked five batters, two of whom scored Boston's only runs. He had yet to give up a hit when he walked Lowell with one out in the fourth. J.D. Drew followed with a line drive single to the right of rightfielder Brad Hawpe. Lowell seemed content to pull into second, but when he saw Hawpe play the ball conservatively, fading back to field the rolling baseball, Lowell sprinted for third. A surprised Hawpe threw late, and Jason Varitek knocked in Lowell with a fly ball to tie the game.
"That made my night," Boston manager Terry Francona said of Lowell's play. "That was special. A lot of guys just pull up there into second base. Mikey saw the opening and took it. That's the ball game right there."
In the fifth the Sox turned another walk into a run, this one to Ortiz with two outs and nobody on base. Ramirez followed with a single and Lowell with a hard double. The 2-1 lead was in good hands. Okajima was especially trustworthy, needing only 28 pitches, all but eight of them strikes, to slice through seven hitters.