Rockies’ offense rolls past Red Sox at Fenway, 12-2 |

Rockies’ offense rolls past Red Sox at Fenway, 12-2

BOSTON ” Todd Helton drove in four runs, Brad Hawpe hit a three-run homer and the Colorado Rockies roughed up Curt Schilling in his first start since his near no-hitter, beating the Boston Red Sox 12-2 on Wednesday night.

Schilling (6-3) followed perhaps the best start of his career with one of his poorest since he came to Boston before the 2004 season. Last Thursday, he beat Oakland 1-0 and allowed one hit ” a single by Shannon Stewart with two outs in the ninth.

On Wednesday, the right-hander gave up an infield single to the first hitter he faced, Willy Taveras, and left after five innings trailing 6-2. He allowed nine hits. It was just the 11th time in 87 starts spanning four seasons that Schilling yielded at least six runs.

Boston’s lead in the AL East dropped to 8 1/2 games, its smallest since the Red Sox led by nine after games of May 16. The second-place New York Yankees won their eighth straight Wednesday, 7-2 over Arizona.

Colorado, held to four hits in a 2-1 loss in Tuesday night’s series opener, had six in the first two innings as it took a 3-0 lead. Mike Lowell’s 12th homer made it 3-1 in the bottom of the second, and Manny Ramirez singled home another run in the third.

But Schilling allowed a three-run homer to Hawpe, his ninth, that made it 6-2 in the fifth. And Helton hit a three-run double off Javier Lopez in the sixth after Kyle Snyder walked the bases loaded. Helton drove in one of Colorado’s three runs in the eighth against Joel Pineiro.

Josh Fogg (2-5) won for the first time in seven starts, allowing two runs and seven hits in five innings.

Garrett Atkins’ RBI double in the first staked Fogg to a 1-0 lead. The Rockies added two runs in the second on Kaz Matsui’s run-scoring single and a throwing error by third baseman Lowell.

Schilling entered 6-1 in 12 starts since his opening-day loss. He pitched perfect third and fourth innings Wednesday before struggling in the fifth. Matsui and Matt Holliday started the inning with singles, but Schilling retired the next two batters. Hawpe then jumped on Schilling’s first pitch for his homer.

The first two Rockies batters also reached in the sixth when Snyder walked Yorvit Torrealba and Troy Tulowitzki. Both moved up on a sacrifice before Snyder walked Holliday intentionally with two outs. Helton then lined a double to the opposite field that left fielder Ramirez couldn’t reach.

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