Phillies 3, Devil Rays 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) _ Curt Schilling won his sixth straight game to become the National League’s second 14-game winner, and Scott Rolen hit two home runs as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 3-2 Sunday.
Schilling (14-4) retired 13 of the final 14 batters he faced to join St. Louis’ Kent Bottenfield as the top winners in the NL. He allowed two runs and four hits and struck out five.
Rolen’s second homer of the game, off reliever Albie Lopez (1-2), hit near the top of the left-field foul pole to snap a 2-2 tie in the eighth.
Bubba Trammell had a two-run homer for Tampa Bay in the fifth.
The Phillies gave Schilling a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Doug Glanville tripled and scored on Ron Gant’s groundout. Rolen hit his first homer of the game _ a solo shot to centerfield estimated at 409 feet.
Rolen has eight homers and 18 RBIs in his last 14 games. Gant has six RBIs the past two days, including a season-high five in Saturday’s 11-3 win at Boston.
Tampa Bay starter Ryan Rupe, who allowed 12 runs _ 10 earned _ over 9 1-3 innings in his previous two starts, settled down after the rough opening inning.
Schilling allowed just three baserunners _ two singles and walk _ before issuing a two-out walk to Paul Sorrento. Trammell, who went 6-for-9 in the series against the New York Mets, hit his third home run in the last five games and sixth overall.
Rupe went six innings, giving up two runs and six hits. He struck out five and walked two.
Tampa Bay’s Wade Boggs went 0-for-3 to remain 15 hits shy of 3,000 for his career.
Notes: The Devil Rays were bidding to become the second team since interleague play began to beat both All-Star game starting pitchers. Tampa Bay beat Boston and Pedro Martinez 3-2 on July 7. Baltimore accomplished the feat in 1997, defeating Randy Johnson and Greg Maddux. ... Sunday’s crowd was 20,075, 20,111 less than Saturday’s turnout of 40,186 for a ``Turn Back the Clock″ promotion against the Mets. ... The Phillies are using outfielder Bobby Abreu as the designated hitter because he is nursing a sore right elbow. ... Tampa Bay’s Fred McGriff has gone 69 at-bats without a homer, his longest drought this season. ... Nine-year-old Michael Dobrzykowski of New Port Richey Fla., who had facial injuries after being hit by a line drive on May 23, threw out the first pitch.