BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox took advantage of a rookie mistake for a big fourth inning on their way to a 12-2 rout of the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Friday at Fenway Park.

Right fielder Wil Myers allowed a David Ortiz fly ball to drop behind him for a double in the fourth inning. Boston went on to score five runs in the inning, four of them with two outs.

Boston’s win gives it a 1-0 advantage in the best-of-five series. Game 2 is Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

Jon Lester picked up the win Friday, throwing a three-hitter over 7 2/3 innings. He allowed two runs (both homers) and three walks, while striking out seven.

Every Boston starting player recorded a hit. Jarrod Saltalamacchia knocked in three runs with a double and single. Jonny Gomes doubled in two runs. Shane Victorino went 3-for-4 with two RBI.

Before Boston’s big inning, the Rays led 2-0 on home runs by Sean Rodriguez and Ben Zobrist.


That lead looked plenty for Rays lefty Matt Moore, who did not allow a hit through three innings.

But Dustin Pedroia led off the fourth with a single. Ortiz followed with a fly ball to the warning track in right. Myers backed up and seemed ready to catch it. But the ball bounced behind him and into the bullpen for a ground-rule double.

After Mike Napoli popped out, Gomes clubbed his two-run double off the wall, tying the game 2-2.

With two outs, four straight batters reached – Stephen Drew (infield single), Will Middlebrooks (double), Jacoby Ellsbury (wild pitch after striking out) and Victorino (single). Boston led 5-2.

Boston knocked Moore out in the fifth with three more runs, with Saltalamacchia’s two-run double doing most of the damage.

Once Boston took lead, Lester retired nine straight batters. He walked two in the eighth inning and left with two outs to a loud standing ovation.


In the eighth, Boston piled it on with four more runs.

Kevin Thomas can be reached at 791-6411 or:

[email protected]

Twitter: @ClearTheBases


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or login first for digital access. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.