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Ellsbury, arms power Red Sox past Orioles

Center fielder homers twice in 4-0 victory.

Thanks to Jacoby Ellsbury and the pitching staff, the Red Sox are going into Thursday's off-day on a high note.



Ellsbury homered twice and Andrew Miller, Matt Albers, Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon combined for a two-hitter as Boston topped the Orioles 4-0 in Baltimore.



Miller (4-1) threw 5 2/3 innings, surrendering two hits and six walks and striking out three. He lowered his season ERA to 4.65. Albers, Bard and Papelbon combined for 3 1/3 perfect innings.



Some good fortune saved Miller in the bottom of the second, after he walked three consecutive Baltimore batters. But catcher Craig Tatum grounded into a double play, ending the threat.



Ellsbury socked solo homers in the third and seventh. Carl Crawford (2-for-3) and Jason Varitek (1-for-4) also drove in runs.



Adrian Gonzalez went 4-for-5, raising his batting average to .343. The red-hot Josh Reddick went 2-for-3; he's now hitting .378.



Jake Arrieta (9-7) picked up the loss despite a statistical quality start.



The Sox are off Thursday, then return home to face the Mariners on Friday (7:10 p.m., NESN, WEEI).

 
 
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