On most occasions, stealing second base helps Jacoby Ellsbury score runs for the Red Sox. In the fifth inning Saturday night, not stealing was the difference.
With the Red Sox leading the Tampa Bay Rays, 5-3, in Game 2 of the American League Division Series, Ellsbury was on first base with one out and Dustin Pedroia at the plate.
Rays pitcher David Price kept glancing at first base and threw over three times. With Pedroia ahead in the count, 2-and-0, Ellsbury decided he could help his teammate.
“I said, ‘Shoot, Pedroia’s up and he’s going to get a good pitch to hit right here. So I’ll wait here,’ ” Ellsbury said. Pedroia lined an RBI double into the corner in left field. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.