PHILADELPHIA -- Curt Schilling bounced back from his ninth-inning nightmare in New York, pitching a four-hit shutout Saturday night for his fifth straight complete game as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies 2-0.
Schilling (8-2) struck out nine and walked one in his first start since blowing a 4-0 lead in the ninth inning of a 5-4 loss to the Mets last Sunday. It was his first shutout and major league-leading sixth complete game, more than any other team.
Toronto's Pat Hentgen in 1996 and Philadelphia's Tommy Greene in 1993 are the only other pitchers with five consecutive complete games this decade.
Last week at Shea Stadium, John Olerud completed a five-run inning with a game-winning single that sent Schilling off in a rare devastating collapse.
With an extra day's rest because of an off-day this week, Schilling showed no lingering effects. After Vinny Castilla led off the seventh with a hard double over Bobby Abreu's head in right, Schilling froze Todd Helton and Jeff Reed with sizzling fastballs the kissed the outside corner.
Schilling retired 22 of the last 24 batters, striking out Larry Walker, Dante Bichette and Castilla to end the game to tie Houston's Jose Lima for the NL lead in wins.
The Phillies snapped a three-game losing streak and avoided falling below .500 for the first time since May 3.
Brian Bohanon (6-3) allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings with four walks and four strikeouts. Walker, second in the league in batting, was 1-for-4 with a single and two strikeouts.
Schilling was in trouble in the second when Castilla singled and Helton doubled before Chris Petersen walked with two outs. But Schilling struck out Bohanon to end the threat -- for the inning and the evening.
Schilling retired the next 12 batters before Walker singled to right with two outs in the sixth. As Walker stepped into the box, a fan ran onto the field and eluded security guards for several minutes before finally getting caught. As the chase was on, Schilling stood on the mound with his hands on his hips, obviously miffed that his rhythm had been broken.
The Phillies, 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position Friday night, snapped out of the slump in the first inning -- with plenty of help from Bohanon. Doug Glanville led off with a walk and stole second and third. Bohanon walked Rico Brogna and Ron Gant with two outs to load the bases, and Abreu hit a two-run double into the left-field corner to make it 2-0.
Bohanon threw 52 pitches in the first two innings before retiring 10 straight. Glanville ended the string with a one-out single in the fifth. Marlon Anderson promptly grounded into a double play.
Notes: Walker has hit .374 the past three Junes. That's his highest average in any month during that span. ... Walker entered the game with a .233 average against the Phillies since 1996. The only club Walker has a lower average against is Houston (.217). ... Walker's single in the sixth ended an 0-for-19 string by opposing right-fielders in five games on the Phillies' homestand. Montreal's Vladimir Guerrero was 0-for-13, and Walker was 0-for-6 before singling to right. ... Philadelphia's Scott Rolen was 0-for-3 and has one extra-base hit and four RBIs in 13 games. ... Petersen, who has one major league hit since getting called up from Triple-A last week, gave Schilling fits. The No. 8 hitter walked with two outs to load the bases in the second and fouled off several nasty pitches before flying out in the fifth. He was lifted for pinch-hitter J.R. Phillips in the seventh.
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