Boston Red Sox Team Report - August 21
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(Sports Network) - Manny Ramirez hit a grand slam and Curt Schilling picked up his 15th victory of the season, as the Red Sox throttled the Chicago White Sox, 10-1, Friday. Orlando Cabrera added four RBI for Boston, which has won four straight. The Red Sox picked up a pair of first-inning runs. Singles by Johnny Damon and Ramirez sandwiched around a walk to Cabrera loaded the bases. David Ortiz followed with a double-play grounder, which allowed Damon to score the game's first run. Jason Varitek then singled in Cabrera. The BoSox loaded the bases again in the second inning, behind singles by Bill Mueller, Ricky Gutierrez and Damon. After Cabrera fouled out for the second out of the inning, Ramirez crushed a 2-1 offering from Mark Buehrle into the left-field seats for a 6-0 Red Sox lead. Ramirez's blast was his 31st homer of the season, and the 16th grand slam of his career. Boston extended its lead to 9-0 in the seventh, as Gutierrez and Damon singled and Cabrera launched his sixth homer of the season. Cabrera added an RBI double later in the contest. Meanwhile, Schilling (15-6) cruised on the mound for Boston. The righthander twirled seven shutout innings of three-hit ball. He fanned six and did not walk a batter. Boston is currently tied with Texas for the American League wild card. Bronson Arroyo takes the hill for Boston Saturday. He has pitched well of late for Boston but comes in with two losses in his last three outings. The righthander has allowed three earned runs or less in 10 of his last 12 starts, but is just 3-6 during that stretch. Arroyo allowed just six hits and three runs over seven innings in his last start, a loss to these White Sox. Arroyo retired the first 10 batters he faced in that game, but surrendered a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning that was the eventual winning run.