Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox Game 1: Live Score and ALDS Highlights
Participating in the MLB playoffs for the first time since 2009, the Boston Red Sox walloped the Tampa Bay Rays, 12-2, on Friday afternoon in Game 1 of the ALDS.
Matt Moore and the Rays pitching staff combined to allow 20 baserunners, and the fielders committed several blatant miscues in a disastrous fourth inning. Every Red Sox position player contributed at least one hit and one run scored.
Of all Boston's stars, left-hander Jon Lester shined brightest. Despite early-inning home runs by Tampa Bay's Sean Rodriguez and Ben Zobrist, the durable veteran completed 7.2 innings. He used 114 pitches, a handful of which clocked in at 95 mph or higher.
In the Wild-Card Era, more than two-thirds of the teams to take a 1-0 lead in the Division Series ultimately advanced to the next round.
These AL East rivals battle again at Fenway Park on Saturday. First pitch will be approximately 5:37 p.m. ET.
Final: TB 2, BOS 12
|1||Desmond Jennings||CF||0-3, BB 2 K|
|2||Ben Zobrist||2B||1-4, K, HR, RBI, R|
|3||Wil Myers||RF||0-4, K|
|4||Evan Longoria||3B||0-2, BB, K|
|David DeJesus||PH||0-1, K|
|Kelly Johnson||PH||1-1, 3B|
|6||Sean Rodriguez||LF||1-3, HR, RBI, R|
|Matt Joyce||PH||0-1, K|
|7||Yunel Escobar||SS||0-4, K|
|8||James Loney||1B||0-2, BB|
|9||Jose Lobaton||C||0-3, K|
|Matt Moore (L, 0-1)||SP||4.1 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 4 K|
|Wesley Wright||RP||0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K|
|Chris Archer||RP||1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 K|
|Alex Torres||RP||1.0 IP, 2 K|
|Jamey Wright||RP||1.0 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB|
|1||Jacoby Ellsbury||CF||2-5, SB, RBI R|
|2||Shane Victorino||RF||3-4, K, HBP, SB, RBI, R|
|3||Dustin Pedroia||2B||2-5, K, 2 R|
|4||David Ortiz||DH||1-4, BB, 2B, 2 R|
|5||Mike Napoli||1B||1-4, BB, K, R|
|6||Jonny Gomes||LF||1-4, BB, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R|
|7||Jarrod Saltalamacchia||C||2-4, BB, K, 2B, 3 RBI, R|
|8||Stephen Drew||SS||1-4, K, RBI, R|
|9||Will Middlebrooks||3B||1-3, BB, 2B, RBI, R|
|Jon Lester (W, 1-0)||SP||7.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K|
|Junichi Tazawa||RP||0.1 IP|
|Ryan Dempster||RP||1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K|
Gomes on this lineup: "We're 9 hitters all together. We work 1-9, we don't wait for the 3 run HR. True all around athletes in lineup."— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) October 4, 2013
The Red Sox tallied a dozen runs without leaving the ballpark, and they did most of that damage against an above-average left-handed pitcher.
Perhaps David Price could shut them down in Game 2, but what's Tampa Bay's plan beyond that?
We'll find out soon enough.
Although Joe Maddon burned through a handful of relievers during this blowout, he avoided using his most accomplished arms (Jake McGee, Joel Peralta and Fernando Rodney).
That's pretty much the only bright spot for the Rays. They'll need to win at least once at Fenway Park to advance in the playoffs, and I'm not sure that's possible with Sean Rodriguez pretending to be a left fielder and Desmond Jennings playing at less than full strength.
Ryan Dempster enters and will try to seal the Game 1 victory.
End 8th: TB 2, BOS 12
It's easy to see why Jamie Wright was brought in for such a low-leverage situation. He allowed Boston to scratch across four more runs in the eighth, including one on a bases-loaded walk.
Of course, Big Papi walks to load the bases.
After being thoroughly out-played this afternoon, I'd expect Tampa Bay's players to use every ounce of their manliness to emulate Boston's elaborate facial hair. Because this isn't working for them.
Red Sox have runners on the corners. Still nobody out.
In a postseason full of lop-sided affairs, this has been the most convincing one yet.
Bottom 8th: TB 2, BOS 9
Victorino rips a base hit past Longoria at third, and Ellsbury scores easily from second.
41 straight steals: Ellsbury swipes second.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) October 4, 2013
Hmmm...Not so sure how I feel about Ellsbury stealing a base with a six-run lead and one inning to go.
Before tonight, Jamey Wright had played 18 seasons without pitching in a postseason game—most among active players. That streak ends today.— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) October 4, 2013
Yeah, the Rays have two nondescript relievers with the same last name.
Middle 8th: TB 2, BOS 8
Junichi Tazawa bails Lester out of the two-on, two-out jam by getting Myers to fly out to Victorino.
Even with this game essentially decided, the Japanese right-hander surely gains some confidence from that. He's coming off a shaky month of September.
Lester departs with two outs in the eighth.
Huge ovation from the Fenway faithful, and it's well deserved. He threw 71 of 114 pitches for strikes and didn't become complacent with a big lead.
Tazawa warming up for Red Sox. Lester at 104 pitches— Rob Bradford (@bradfo) October 4, 2013
Oh, but you know the lefty wants to try for a complete game.
Meanwhile, Lester just recorded his seventh strikeout.
With one out, he's back at the top of the Rays lineup.
This "double" by Ortiz during that momentum-shifting fourth inning really sums up Tampa Bay's embarrassing effort today.
End 7th: TB 2, BOS 8
So I was completely off with that guess that Chris Archer would eat up the remaining innings.
Rather, Joe Maddon seems committed to letting most of his middle relievers shake off the rust after a few days of idleness.
Torres loves his changeup, as he used it 34.6 percent of the time during the regular season. Started off Stephen Drew with three of them, then through off his timing with fastballs to pick up the strikeout.
Two outs in the inning (Salty also whiffed).
Rays are going to be (presumably) down 1-0, but with Price going tomorrow. I'm worried, but definitely not scared. Can easily tie this up.— Eli Marger (@Eli_Marger) October 4, 2013
Middle 7th: TB 2, BOS 8
That's 11 straight Rays retired by Lester.
As we progress into the final frames, keep in mind that Tampa Bay seldom gets blown out like this. The club hasn't lost a game by more than six runs since Sept. 2.
One of Lester's longest battles of the afternoon ends with Delmon Young grounding out. Rodriguez puts a third-pitch changeup in play that Gomes settles under for the second out.
End 6th: TB 2, BOS 8
Best thing about Archer isn't his command or his velocity, but his high socks. They really distinguish him from Moore, Jeremy Hellickson and the other homegrown Rays pitchers who underachieved down the stretch.
But I digress...
Napoli suffers the same fate. Two down.
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