Colorado Rockies defeat Boston Red Sox, 7-6

DENVER -- The doctor was waiting.

So was the MRI machine -- and an imminent decision on Curt Schilling's fate.

In his last stand before the Red Sox determine whether his ankle injury is serious enough to warrant a stint on the disabled list, Schilling last night pitched as if he were defending the Alamo, firing everything he had at the Rockies amid a siege that left him in dire need of help -- if not from the medical team, then at least his relief corps.

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Schilling, using the anesthetic Marcaine to help with the discomfort from a bruised bone in his ankle (yes, that ankle), struggled mightily, suffering his sixth straight defeat since May 13. The Rockies twice overcame deficits as the Sox dropped a season-high 5 1/2 games behind the first-place Yankees in the American League East. Schilling surrendered seven runs (five earned) on nine hits, four walks, and a hit batsman, but he would not use the ankle as an excuse, attribut...

DENVER -- The Red Sox can only hope that Trot Nixon's return to the lineup will impact the big picture, because last night's 7-6 loss to the Colorado Rockies was an exercise in offensive frustration.

Nixon's debut was a mixed bag; 1 for 4 with a solo home run and a walk, as well as a double-play ball and a strike out with runners at first and second in the ninth when he had his best chance to impact the outcome. Not that Nixon has to save the day. He just needs to be pa...