Ellsbury's glove, bat both play big

BOSTON -- Jacoby Ellsbury singled and scored in his first at-bat Monday night, doubled in his second, and doubled in a run in his third. All three balls were line drives, just like the ball he hit for a walk-off double in Sunday’s 6-5 win over the Indians, the first time since the Mother’s Day Miracle in 2007 that the Sox had scored four runs to win in walk-off fashion.

Ellsbury also doubled off Ben Revere trying to retrace his steps back to first base on Michael Young’s liner to end the third, and overtook and caught Freddy Galvis’s bid for extra bases with the bases loaded to end the sixth.

Could Ellsbury finally be emerging from a slow start to become the dynamic player he has been here when healthy? That question was raised after Sunday’s win, and was addressed anew Monday night by manager John Farrell.

“That ball he ran down to end the sixth inning, that had a chance to make the game interesting, certainly,’’ Farrell said.

“But we talked about it before the game. That boost of confidence he may have gotten with the walk-off hit yesterday, in combination with the latter part of the road trip, where he’s been getting on base at a higher rate, he played tonight like we’ve seen Jake. Not just swinging the bat, but defensively he looked like a different guy tonight.’’

Ellsbury’s outstanding defense came one game after he made a rare error, dropping a fly ball in short center field Sunday against the Indians after a near-collision with shortstop Stephen Drew.

He has now reached base multiple times in five of his last seven games, a modest number to be sure, but with a .469 on-base percentage in that span (15 times on base in 32 plate appearances), he is beginning to resemble the catalyst the Sox have been waiting to see.