Ellsbury ... again and Britton note

Jacoby Ellsbury just hit yet another big homer for the Boston Red Sox.

His two-run shot off Zach Britton in the top of the third gives the Red Sox a 2-1 lead on the Orioles, who got an RBI double from Vladimir Guerrero in the first inning.

Ellsbury's career high in homers was nine before this year and now he has 32. He also now has an amazing 35-game hitting streak against the Orioles dating to April 17, 2009.

Ellsbury leads the majors this month in hits, doubles, extra-base hits and total bases.

He also now has a 12-game batting streak overall, during which he is batting .385.

With a win tonight, Boston, now 89-71, would have a 90-win season for the fourth time in the last five years and eighth time in the last 10 seasons.

Zach Britton pitched just 4 1/3 tonight, giving up seven hits and five runs over 84 pitches. His season-ending ERA will be 4.61.

Britton gave up four runs or more in four of his last five starts, pitching to an ERA of 6.49 in that stretch.

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