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BALTIMORE -- Buck Showalter did a masterful job of guiding the Baltimore Orioles to the AL East crown, and now hes resting his players in the days leading up to the post-season. Jeff Beukeboom Jersey . The benefit is already apparent. Adam Jones hit a pair of two-run homers and the Orioles received another steady performance from right-hander Chris Tillman in a 7-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night. Jones was coming off two straight days off and Tillman was pitching with an extra day of rest. Not only that, but Showalter rested Steve Pearce and Nick Markakis, who probably would have played if the games were particularly meaningful. Pearce got a cortisone shot in his ailing right wrist and Markakis sat out with a sore shoulder. On Friday, shortstop J.J. Hardy (back spasms) was rested. "One of the good things about being able to know youre in early is things like Nick," Showalter said. "During the season we probably would have pushed it. Same thing with Stevie, J.J. We gave Adam a couple days (off)." The victory moved the Orioles within two games of the Angels in the race for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, pending Los Angeles late game against Texas. "We still have something to prove," Jones said. "Were trying to catch Anaheim for the best record overall. Guys understand that. Just because the normal stars arent playing doesnt mean that the guys that are playing cant easily fill in the role. Thats what the guys are doing. Its a collective team." But the object now is to be fresh and ready for the post-season. "Its tough, but weve got to be smart and Ive been cutting down on my swings a lot," Pearce said. "Its just that time of year." Tillman (13-5) gave up two runs and five hits in seven innings. He has allowed three runs or fewer in 20 consecutive starts, tied with Steve Barber for the second-longest such run in Orioles history behind Dave McNally (25). "He was getting better as the game went on," Showalter said. "Maybe in 10 or 11 days, two weeks or whatever it is, he continues to pitch in that game." Baltimores likely starter in Game 1 of the playoffs, Tillman is 6-0 in 13 starts since July 12. Jones connected against Rubby De La Rosa (4-8) in the third inning and Heath Hembree in the fifth. It was his sixth career two-homer game, the second this season. Christian Walker also went deep for Baltimore, hitting a solo shot in the fourth for his first major league homer. Boston got another home run from David Ortiz, his third in two games and No. 35 of the season. Ortiz now has 466 for his career, passing Dave Winfield for sole possession of 33rd place on the all-time list. De La Rosa gave up four runs in four innings and is winless in his last seven starts. "Hes still showing good velocity," manager John Farrell said. "Just the consistency to the overall execution is whats missing right now." After Mookie Betts walked to open the game, Ortiz hit a 75 mph curveball into the seats in left-centre. He was previously 2 for 24 against Tillman with no home runs. "We didnt really do anything after that," Farrell said. Jones tied it in the third with Baltimores major league-leading 200th home run of the season. The Orioles have hit at least 200 in three straight years for the first time in franchise history. Inserted as a late replacement for Pearce, Walker led off the fourth with a drive into the centre-field bleachers. The Orioles fourth-round pick in 2012 was playing in his third big league game. UP NEXT The Orioles wrap up their regular-season home slate when they send Miguel Gonzalez (9-8, 3.28 ERA) to the mound on Sunday against RHP Joe Kelly (2-2, 4.21 ERA) , who makes his ninth start for Boston since being traded from St. Louis on July 31. COUNT THE INNINGS Red Sox: De La Rosa has pitched exactly four innings in each of his last three starts. He needed 80 pitches to get through four in this one. Orioles: Tillman passed the 200-inning mark for the second straight year. 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Breaking from the rail will be 2012 Breeders Cup Turf Sprint runner-up Unbridleds Note, the 2-1 second pick and a horse going for his first win of the year. Trained by Steve Asmussen for Mike McCarty, Unbridleds Note was fourth in last years Turf Sprint at Santa Anita as the 5-1 third choice less than two lengths behind repeat winner Mizdirection. His most recent victory came last December in Santa Anitas Daytona Stakes on turf as the 3-2 favorite. The 5-year-old was third on Oct. 31 in the Damascus Stakes on the Breeders Cup Friday undercard at Santa Anita. Back in February, Unbridleds Note posted consecutive fourth-place finishes in Santa Anitas Arcadia and Joe Hernandez Stakes. Sidelined until September, Unbridleds Note came back with a ninth in the Eddie D. Stakes. He has earned $665,517 from 20 career starts with five wins, three seconds and five thirds. Sum of the Parts, owned by End Zone Athletics and trained by Karl Broberg, is the 9-5 morning line favorite coming off a front-running local win on Nov. 29. The 5-year-old was claimed out of the race from longtime ttrainer Tom Amoss. Tie Domi Jersey. Well see how he does, Broberg said. Hopefully he wont regress in our hands. It came up tough, but we may be the controlling speed. Sum of the Parts will be ridden by Chris Rosier from post 4 after breaking from the outside post in his recent win. The 5-year-old has won nine of 25 lifetime starts for $876,189. Gantry, owned by Brittlyn Stable, is the 5-2 third selection in the turf allowance and will have Miguel Mena in the saddle from post 6. Mena fills in for the injured Richard Eramia who was hurt on Nov. 29 after his mount, Atoof, got spooked and threw the jockey after the days fourth race. The 7-year-old gelding was unable to repeat in the tracks Thanksgiving Handicap on Nov. 27 when he finished fifth out of seven. However, Gantrys last win came in the Colonel Power Stakes on March 15 over the same course and distance. Gantry has won 10 of 26 career starts for $824,331. Here is the field from the rail out: Unbridleds Note, Robby Albarado, 2-1; Rhetorical, Francisco Torres, 20-1; Voodoo Storm, Martin Pedroza, 12-1; Sum of the Parts, Chris Rosier, 9-5; Win Lion Win, Kerwin Clark, 12-1; Gantry, Miguel Mena, 5-2 and Solar Charge, Chris Landeros, 12-1. Post time Thursday will be approximately 4:50 p.m. ET. ' ' '