ANAHEIM, Calif. - Curt Schilling and the Boston Red Sox got the jump on Anaheim in the American League playoffs. Perhaps that's how the Angels prefer it.
Schilling pitched 6w effective innings, Manny Ramirez and Kevin Millar homered during a seven-run burst, and the Red Sox beat the Angels 9-3 on Tuesday in Game 1.
Pedro Martinez will pitch against Anaheim's Bartolo Colon in Game 2 tonight before the best-of-five series moves to Boston.
Two years ago, the Angels lost the openers to the Yankees, Twins and Giants before bouncing back to win all three series en route to the championship.
Just like the 2002 postseason, most of the fans at Angel Stadium wore red and made it noisy by banging ThunderStix. The volume level decreased significantly after the Red Sox's big fourth inning gave them an 8-0 lead, and not even stuffed Rally Monkeys could spur the Angels.
The seven runs were the most ever scored by the Red Sox in an inning in the postseason and the most ever allowed by the Angels. Five of the runs were unearned because of a throwing error by third baseman Chone Figgins.
An eight-run lead was more than enough for Schilling, who entered with a 5-1 record and a 1.66 ERA in 11 previous postseason appearances.
He wasn't at his best, allowing nine hits and three runs while walking two and striking out four.
Schilling, who allowed at least one base runner in every inning, was relieved by Alan Embree with a runner at second, two outs in the seventh and the Red Sox leading 8-3.
Embree retired pinch hitter Adam Riggs, a former USC Aiken player, on a foul popup.
Boston went ahead for good off Jarrod Washburn in the first on a two-out double by Ramirez and a broken-bat single by David Ortiz.
Ortiz walked to begin the fourth and Millar hit an 0-1 offspeed pitch into the left-field bullpen, making it 3-0.
The Red Sox then loaded the bases with one out, and two runs scored when Figgins fielded Johnny Damon's grounder but was far off target with his throw home as he went for the force out.
Scot Shields relieved and struck out Mark Bellhorn, but Ramirez capped the inning with a three-run homer over the left-center field fence.
Troy Glaus, MVP of the 2002 World Series, hit Schilling's second pitch in the bottom half for a long home run.
Darin Erstad added a homer in the seventh, and the Angels got another run on Schilling's throwing error and an RBI double by Glaus.
Schilling grabbed at his right ankle after watching his throw to first bounce down the right-field line, and stayed in for one more batter.
Many in the crowd began waving Rally Monkeys during the seventh.
They were all over the place during the Angels' postseason run two years ago.
The Red Sox got a run back in the eighth on Doug Mientkiewicz's two-out bunt single off Ramon Ortiz.