Jacoby Ellsbury's hitting streak continued on Thursday at Fenway Park. But what was even more notable was the fact that Ellsbury snapped a career-long 314-at-bat homerless drought with an eighth inning solo homer that gave the Red Sox an 8-2 lead.

Ellsbury finished the game 3-for-4 with three runs scored, and led the way in Boston's 18-hit parade and an 8-2 win over the San Diego Padres.

"It's been a while," said Red Sox manager John Farrell afterwards. "Three hundred plus at-bats, I think, since his last home run. He's in such a good place, right now, offensively. I think this is 14-straight [games with a hit] for him. Average is up over .300. The home runs are, I think in his case, just a bonus."

Ellsbury is now hitting .303 on the season. He only has two home runs, with his first coming back on April 7. But during his current 14-game hit streak, Ellsbury is hitting .424 with five doubles, a home run, eight RBI, four walks, and two stolen bases.