Red Sox - 001 100 110 - 4 12 0 Orioles - 000 000 000 - 0 2 0Boston won for the 14th time in its last 17 games, as Jacoby Ellsbury hit two solo home runs, Adrian Gonzalez went 4-for-5, Dustin Pedroia extended his hitting streak to a career-high 18 straight games, Josh Reddick and Carl Crawford each had two hits and a walk, and Andrew Miller (5.2-2-0-6-3, 103) overcame a bout of wildness in the second inning, and held the Orioles to only two hits.
With one out in the bottom of the second, Miller walked the bases loaded, but escaped trouble when Craig Tatum hit into a 4-6-3 double play. A few minutes later, Ellsbury cranked his 14th home run of the year to put the Red Sox on the board.
In the fourth, Reddick singled, went to third on Crawford's double (and nearly ran through Tim Bogar's stop sign (no doubt assuming that doing the opposite of what Bogar is signaling is the wisest choice), and scored on Jason Varitek's grounder to second. Ellsbury homered to deep right-center in the seventh to make it 3-0.
Miller did not allow a hit until there was one out in the fifth.
Mark Hendrickson relieved Jake Arrieta (7-9-3-0-4, 111) in the eighth and could not retire any of the four batters he faced. Gonzalez singled, Kevin Youkilis hit a ground-rule double to left, Reddick walked to load the bases, and Crawford walked to force in a run.
(Hendrickson had similar trouble against the Red Sox exactly six years ago. On July 20, 2005, with L and I in attendance, Hendrickson started for the Devil Rays at Fenway Park. He faced only six batters, allowing four hits, two walks, and six runs. ... Tampa's middle infielders that afternoon? Julio Lugo and Nick Green!)
Andrew Miller / Jake Arrieta
Miller allowed seven runs in 2.2 inning to Tampa Bay last Friday:
I have to do a better job of attacking the zone instead of trying to hit the corners the whole time. I just pitched around the plate, got behind on counts, threw pitches up in the zone, and you can't be successful that way.Miller has struck out none of the last 49 batters he has faced.
AL East: Yankees/Rays at 7 PM.