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Red Sox rout Rays to take 1-0 lead in ALDS

Oct 4, 2013, 6:54 PM EDT

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After falling behind 2-0 after four innings, the Red Sox scored 12 unanswered runs in support of Jon Lester to emerge victorious in Game 1 of the ALDS. Lester had surrendered two solo home runs, one in the second inning to Sean Rodriguez and one in the fourth inning to Ben Zobrist. But the Red Sox, who led the American League in on-base and slugging percentage, would quickly get to Rays starter Matt Moore.

In the bottom half of the fourth, the Sox pushed across five runs on six hits. The big blows included a two-run double by Jonny Gomes and a two-run double by Will Middlebrooks. It turned out Lester wouldn’t need any additional run support, but that didn’t stop the Red Sox from piling on.

Moore took the hill to start the fifth, which turned out to be a mistake. Jarrod Saltalamacchia pushed across two runs with a one-out double. Finally, manager Joe Maddon took Moore out for reliever Wesley Wright, but Saltalamacchia eventually came around to score on a Jacoby Ellsbury single, the run charged to Moore. Moore finished the day having allowed eight runs (seven earned) on eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts in four and one-third innings.

The Rays bullpen held the Red Sox at eight runs, giving their offense a slim chance of staging a comeback, but when Jamey Wright came in for the eighth inning, the game was put out of reach. Wright allowed the first five batters he faced to reach base on three consecutive singles followed by two walks, pushing across two runs in the process. Two more would score on a Jonny Gomes 6-4-3 double play and Saltalamacchia’s RBI single, putting the Red Sox up 12-2.

Aside from the two solo shots, Lester was solid, holding the Rays to just the two runs on four hits and three walks while striking out seven. Junichi Tazawa relieved him in the eighth, recording the final out before giving way to Ryan Dempster, who struck out two in the final frame.

Now leading the series 1-0, the Red Sox will look to extend their lead tomorrow at 5:30 PM EDT as John Lackey opposes David Price, who helped pitch the Rays into the Wild Card playoff game by defeating the Rangers in Game 163 of the regular season.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Oct 4, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    My sympathies to the dozens of fans in Tampa who noticed this happened.

  2. theskinsman - Oct 4, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Nice win, but it’s game 2 that will be a tougher test. Go Sox!!!

  3. peterjohnjoseph - Oct 4, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Please, please, before it even begins… Joe Madden just admitted no one from the bullpen yelled “I got it” during the 4th on the Myers play. He just thought someone was behind him. I just don’t want to see all the comments that I know people are itching to type, since its already been cleared up.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 4, 2013 at 6:59 PM

      Its bad enough that both the commentators and MLB Network were “positive” thats what happened.

  4. theskinsman - Oct 4, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    BTW, huge,earth shaking news….I saw a woman in Red Sox garb at Fenway…with RED coloring on her face. The horror.

    • aceshigh11 - Oct 4, 2013 at 7:08 PM

      You know goddamned well what the difference is between doing it at a Red Sox game and doing it at an Indians game.

      • theskinsman - Oct 4, 2013 at 8:37 PM

        Sure do.And I still don’t care. I think there are real issues to get excited about, I’ll let the PC crowd take their marching orders and try to be more indignant than the next over how some fans dress like a decades old mascot.Imbeciles.

      • aceshigh11 - Oct 4, 2013 at 9:11 PM

        I don’t care much either, but it’s at least newsworthy and worth reporting on. If you don’t like it, stop reading this site.

        At least you’re honest about being a bigot.

      • theskinsman - Oct 5, 2013 at 4:48 AM

        You calling someone you know nothing about a bigot because they disagree with you is stupid. Telling them to stop reading this site because it upsets you is hysterical.

    • tfbuckfutter - Oct 4, 2013 at 7:39 PM

      God you’re dumb.

      • theskinsman - Oct 4, 2013 at 8:31 PM

        Sarcasm font missed again,I see.

      • tfbuckfutter - Oct 4, 2013 at 8:44 PM

        No.

        You’re just really fantastically fucking stupid.

  5. raysfan1 - Oct 4, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    It was a shame, but now I’m over it.

    Go Rays! Get ‘em tomorrow!

  6. 8man - Oct 4, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    No one, and I mean no one, should ever bring a cowbell to a baseball game.

  7. banggbiskit - Oct 4, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Fun Fact. David Ortiz and A Rod were both born in 1975 and Derek Jeter was born in 1974. So, essentially they’re all the same age and its amazing that neither one of the 3 has shown any dropoff at all performance-wise.

    Isnt that interesting?

    • psousa1 - Oct 4, 2013 at 9:30 PM

      that’s because a- rod is a heavy drug user so he has steadily broke down

      Jeter plays a physically demanding position

      Ortiz DH’s. Not too taxing

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