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Ellsbury hits 2 HRs as BoSox handcuff O's with 2-hitter

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BALTIMORE -- Poor Jacoby Ellsbury. He won't get to bully the Baltimore Orioles again until September.

Ellsbury hit two solo homers, Andrew Miller and three relievers combined on a two-hitter, and the Boston Red Sox defeated the Orioles 4-0 Wednesday.

Adrian Gonzalez had four hits for the Red Sox, who took two of three from Baltimore to conclude their sixth consecutive winning road trip. Boston also went 2-1 at Tampa Bay.

Ellsbury put the Red Sox up 1-0 in the third inning and 3-0 in the seventh. The 27-year-old outfielder has a 29-game hitting streak against the Orioles, batting .445 with six homers and 20 RBI over that span.

"It's just one of those things," Ellsbury said, "I really don't know what it is. I like hitting here."

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Fortunately for Baltimore, the two AL East teams don't meet again until Sept. 19 in Boston. Lest the Orioles think Ellsbury saves his best for them, it should be noted that he's batting .316 with 15 homers and 54 RBI overall.

"We shouldn't feel like he's picking on us," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "He's having a great year, and he seems to be even better against us. You could ask the same question about [Josh] Reddick and Gonzalez."

Reddick went 2 for 3 to lift his career batting average against Baltimore to .400, but on this day, Ellsbury was the catalyst.

"He kind of put us on his shoulders today," manager Terry Francona said. "He does that from time to time."

Both drives came off Jake Arrieta (9-7), who has yielded a team-high 19 long balls in 20 starts. Ellsbury's only other two-homer game was on April 22, 2008, against the Los Angeles Angels.

"His job is to get on base and wreak havoc on the bases," teammate Kevin Youkilis said. "The home runs are extra."

Miller (4-1) allowed two hits over 5 2/3 innings in a wild but effective performance. The 6-foot-7 left-hander issued a career-high six walks and had only one perfect inning.

Still, Miller took a no-hitter into the fifth. Facing Craig Tatum with one out, he threw a pitch that floated three feet wide of the plate and rolled to the backstop. Two pitches later, Tatum grounded a single up the middle.

In the sixth, Derrek Lee singled with two outs and Mark Reynolds walked to chase Miller. Former Oriole Matt Albers came in and maintained Boston's two-run lead by getting Nolan Reimold to hit into a force play.

Albers also worked a perfect seventh, Daniel Bard had a 1-2-3 eighth -- his club-record 21st consecutive scoreless outing -- and Jonathan Papelbon got the final three outs.

"Albers came in and did a really good job. He's been doing a good job all year," Baltimore's Adam Jones said. "Bard came in, then Papelbon. But we should have had runs off the starter. We put ourselves in the right situation. That's all you can ask for. Getting a hit isn't easy, but putting ourselves in the situation is a start."

Miller gave up three straight one-out walks in the second inning to load the bases for Tatum, who bounced into a 4-6-3 double play to end the threat.

"I think the double play was definitely a momentum shift," Miller said. "Fortunately, I was able to get into the game after that. If we didn't get the double play, this game likely would have gone differently."

After Ellsbury connected in the third, Boston made it 2-0 in the fourth when Reddick singled, took third on a double by Carl Crawford and scored on a groundout by Jason Varitek.

Arrieta allowed three runs and nine hits in seven innings, matching his longest outing of the season. He's 0-3 in his last four starts.

The game's final run came in the eighth when Mark Hendrickson walked Crawford with the bases loaded.

Boston's Dustin Pedroia beat out a slow roller to third base in the fifth inning to extend his hitting streak to 18 games, a career high. He has reached base in 30 straight games, also a career high.

Pedroia's lone hit Tuesday night came in identical fashion.

Notes

  • Temperature at game time was 95 degrees.
  • Red Sox DH David Ortiz and Orioles closer Kevin Gregg completed their three-game suspension for their part in a bench-clearing melee in Boston on July 8.
  • Ellsbury has seven career homers against Baltimore, five at Camden Yards. He has seven homers in July, a career high for one month.
  • After allowing three runs without getting an out against Boston on Monday, Mark Worrell inherited a bases-loaded jam from Hendrickson and struck out Marco Scutaro and Varitek before retiring Yamaico Navarro on a fly ball.
 
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Jacoby Ellsbury belts two solo shots, only his second two-homer game; his first came on April 22, 2008 against the Angels. (Getty Images)
Jacoby Ellsbury belts two solo shots, only his second two-homer game; his first came on April 22, 2008 against the Angels. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Boston

J. Ellsbury
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
Boston

A. Gonzalez
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4222100 .316
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5010001 .293
Adrian Gonzalez, DH5140001 .343
Kevin Youkilis, 1B4010013 .281
Josh Reddick, RF3120100 .378
Carl Crawford, LF3021110 .247
Marco Scutaro, SS4000026 .259
Jason Varitek, C4001014 .234
Yamaico Navarro, 3B4000014 .174
Totals36412436  
Batting
2B - Kevin Youkilis (27, Hendrickson), Carl Crawford (12, Arrieta)
HR - Jacoby Ellsbury 2 (15, Arrieta, Arrieta)
RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury 2 (54), Carl Crawford (33), Jason Varitek (19)
2-OUT RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury (21)
SB - Dustin Pedroia (18, 2nd base off Arrieta/Tatum), Carl Crawford (10, 2nd base off Arrieta/Tatum)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Pedroia-Scutaro-Youkilis
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Andrew Miller (W,4-1) 5.2200630 4.65
Matt Albers (H,8) 1.1000020 2.29
Daniel Bard 1000000 1.90
Jonathan Papelbon 1000010 3.86
Pitches-Strikes - Andrew Miller 103-60, Matt Albers 13-11, Daniel Bard 9-6, Jonathan Papelbon 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andrew Miller 3-10, Matt Albers 2-0, Daniel Bard 2-1
Batters Faced - Andrew Miller 24, Matt Albers 4, Daniel Bard 3, Jonathan Papelbon 3
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
J.J. Hardy, SS4000011 .273
Nick Markakis, RF4000011 .290
Adam Jones, CF2000200 .287
Matt Wieters, DH4000002 .269
Derrek Lee, 1B4010010 .239
Mark Reynolds, 3B2000220 .225
Nolan Reimold, LF3000102 .233
Robert Andino, 2B2000100 .258
Craig Tatum, C3010011 .303
Totals2802066  
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nick Markakis 1
DP - Tatum, Berken-Andino-Lee
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jake Arrieta (L,9-7) 7933042 5.02
Mark Hendrickson0211200 6.00
Mark Worrell 1000020 27.00
Jason Berken 1100100 5.40
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Arrieta 111-81, Mark Hendrickson 21-8, Mark Worrell 12-9, Jason Berken 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Arrieta 10-6, Jason Berken 1-0
Batters Faced - Jake Arrieta 29, Mark Hendrickson 4, Mark Worrell 3, Jason Berken 3
Game Information
Attendance - 35174
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 95
Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Mike Muchlinski