By the time Jacoby Ellsbury came to the plate in the sixth inning Tuesday night, his slump had deepened to 8-for-62, causing Red Sox manager John Farrell to admit to thinking about removing him from the leadoff spot.

But to hear Ellsbury tell it, his approach at the plate had been rock-solid.

And so, after reaching base in six of his last seven plate appearances, including four times (two hits, two walks) in the Red Sox’ sweep-averting 6-2 win last night, Ellsbury shrugged off the idea that he had somehow turned the corner on a season that had been going nowhere quickly.

“I feel like I’ve been having some pretty good ABs,” Ellsbury said. “Fortunately tonight, I found some grass in the outfield. I’ve had quite a few of those same swings on balls. Just haven’t gotten them out there. It’s just sticking with the plan. If you have a good approach, a good plan, it’s a matter of time before good things happen.”

It’s little coincidence that with Ellsbury struggling, the offense has scored more than four runs in a game only seven times this month. But if there was any concern about Ellsbury’s ability to snap out of the slump, it wasn’t shared by the center fielder.

“I think all of us in this room have played the game long enough. You’ve just got to stick with the plan, stick with the approach. If you have a good one, stay with it,” Ellsbury said. “I think my confidence, just going up there and knowing it’s just a matter of time before all that hard work is going to pay off.”

And perhaps that’s finally starting to happen.

Said Farrell: “I think the last two nights, his at-bats are becoming more consistent. He stayed within a strike zone a little bit more regularly, took his walks. In light of all that’s been made of the month of May with him, the last two nights are very encouraging.”