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Jim Monaghan
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Jon Lester went 7.2 strong innings and the Red Sox pounded out fourteen hits as Boston took Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays 12-2 at Fenway Park.


Photo courtesy of Boston.com
Lester (pictured) held the Rays to two runs on just three hits while striking out seven and walking three. His only two real blips were solo home runs to Sean Rodriguez in the top of the second and Ben Zobrist in the fourth. He was clearly fired up in the first inning throwing as hard as 97 MPH on the Fenway radar gun.

Rays starter Matt Moore held the Red Sox hitless through three innings. In the fourth, though, the Red Sox received some help from Tampa's corner outfielders and scored five times in the bottom of the fourth inning. The highlight - at least from Boston's perspective - was a fly ball to right field by David Ortiz. Wil Myers called for the ball, only to have it bounce behind him and into the Red Sox bullpen that was ruled a double for Ortiz. Jonny Gomes and Will Middlebrooks each each followed with doubles to drive in a combined three runs. For both it was their first career playoff hit. Moore was ultimately charged with eight runs in just 4.1 innings.

Shane Victorino led Boston with three hits. Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia and Jarrod Saltalamacchia each contributed two hits in the win.

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Jim Monaghan 10/04/2013 08:31:00 PM Edit
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