BALTIMORE — Curt Schilling pitched seven innings of five-hit ball, David Ortiz drove in the tiebreaking with a bloop single in the seventh, and the Boston Red Sox exploited Baltimore’s revamped bullpen in a 6-1 victory Wednesday night.
After losing two straight to Toronto by a combined 17-6 score, Boston scored five runs over the final three innings to avoid its first three-game skid of the season. Alex Cora hit his first homer for the Red Sox, who have won 16 of their last 19 games against the Orioles.
Schilling (3-1) gave up one run, struck out three and walked two. The 40-year-old right-hander gave up a home run to Miguel Tejada but allowed only one other batter beyond second base.
Orioles starter Daniel Cabrera (1-2) pitched well but was victimized by the bullpen in Baltimore’s third straight defeat. The right-hander left in the seventh after getting two outs and walking two batters with the score tied at 1.
CLEVELAND — Jhonny Peralta singled home the winning run with one out in the 11th inning to give Cleveland a victory over Texas, who struck out a team-record 19 times.
Victor Martinez doubled down the right-field line to open the 11th off Willie Eyre (1-1) and took third on a single up the middle by Kelly Shoppach. After Jason Michaels struck out, Peralta, in a 3-for-36 (.091) slump, grounded a single just out of the reach of diving third baseman Hank Blalock to drive in Martinez for the win.
MINNEAPOLIS — David DeJesus and Mike Sweeney combined to send Minnesota to its first four-game losing streak since last June.
DeJesus had three hits, including a home run, and Mike Sweeney also homered in the Kansas City’s victory.
Odalis Perez (2-2) beat the Twins for the second time in six days, allowing three runs and five hits in six-plus innings. Kansas City is 3-1 this season against the defending AL Central champions.
CHICAGO — Chad Durbin struck out a career-high nine in eight innings and Magglio Ordonez had three hits and three RBIs against his former team as Detroit defeated Chicago.
Ivan Rodriguez also had three hits for the Tigers, who won for just the third time in seven games.
Durbin (1-1), the journeyman right-hander who took Kenny Rogers’ spot in the rotation when the veteran left-hander went on the disabled list with a blood clot, gave up just three hits in his 60th career start. He retired the first seven batters and retired the final 10 in order.
NEW YORK — The game between the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees scheduled for Wednesday night was rained out. The game was called about an hour before it was supposed to start. No makeup date was immediately announced.