(BOSTON) — Jon Lester allowed three hits through 7 2/3 innings and his teammates got on-base 19 times, as the Red Sox crushed the Tampa Bay Rays 12-2 in Game 1 of the best-of-five ALDS Friday.
Lester and the Sox fell behind 2-0 in the top of the fourth when Lester let up a solo home run to Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist. But Boston answered in the bottom half of the inning, scoring five runs.
“I knew that two runs wasn’t going to beat us,” Lester said. “So as long as I kept them close enough are guys were going to figure out Matt (Moore). We were able to do that and get him out of the game early, get to the bullpen and put up some runs for us.”
Moore finished the game allowing seven earned runs in 4 1/3 innings.
Shane Victorino had three hits and Jarrod Saltalamacchia had three RBIs in the win.
Game 2 is Saturday in Boston. The Rays send David Price to the mound to oppose John Lackey.
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