Kevin Youkilis had three runs and two hits; Mark Loretta, who extended his hitting streak to 12 games, had one run, three hits and one RBI; and Trot Nixon had a hit and drove in three runs for the Red Sox (29-18), who beat Tampa Bay for the 16th time in the last 18 meetings between the two teams at Fenway Park.
In seven innings, Schilling (8-2) gave up four runs and eight hits with no walks and seven strikeouts. Jonathan Papelbon got his 18th save.
Joey Gathright hit a two-run double for the Devil Rays (21-29). Tampa Bay has lost five of its last six games.
Losing pitcher Seth McClung sank to 2-6.
Schilling became the fourth pitcher to earn his 200th win while in a Red Sox uniform.
Sunday Morning Quarterback
Here's what the 3 Up, 3 Down would have looked like had I gone by Win Probability.
C Josh Paul: 13.8 WPA
RF Greg Norton: 6.4 WPA
RP Chad Harville: 6.1 WPA
CF Joey Gathright: 4.6 WPA
SP Seth McClung: -35.5 WPA
LF Carl Crawford: -13.4 WPA
3B Aubrey Huff: -10.7 WPA
DH Toby Hall: -10.2 WPA
-Well, it looks like the game was pretty much over after that Gathright double in the fifth inning. The Rays were able to take the 2-1 lead early, but Seth McClung had an extremely poor outing and pretty much took the Rays out of the game early.
For Seth, it was probably just a bad day. There was no "lack of preparation" involved. No "lounging on the computer". It was just simply a bad day. And those happen. Hopefully Seth can rebound on Friday.
The most painful thing about today was the fact that it gave Curt Schilling a win. And not just a win, his 200th win. That hurts. If there is one game that I do not want the Sox to beat the Rays in, above all others, it is one in which Schilling starts.
That said, he really didn't contribute too much to the win. His 6.0 WPA was good for 7th among all Red Sox on the day, and he did give up all four Devil Ray runs. Yet another indication of why I hate wins.
But the Rays bullpen filled in nicely, shutting out the Red Sox over the final three innings and at least giving the Rays a chance in this one, but it was too little, too late as the Sox clinched a series win.