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|