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• Curt Schilling walked Eduardo Perez, the potential tying run, to load the bases before retiring Carl Crawford to earn a save in the Red Sox's 4-1 win over the Devil Rays on Wednesday. And so ended one of the most impressive streaks in baseball -- no matter how obscure. Schilling had at least as many strikeouts as walks in each of his previous 214 appearances. Only four pitchers had streaks even half that long during the live ball era: Pedro Martinez, 151 (1998-2004); Randy Johnson, 137 (2000-2005); Greg Maddux, 121 (1995-1999); and Sandy Koufax, 108 (1963-1966).
Incidentally, Schilling earned a win, a loss and a save in the Red Sox's three-game series at Tampa. The last time that happened was in 2003 by Byung-Hyun Kim for the Red Sox against the Yankees.