Fenway Park and Red Sox nation was clearly excited to see playoff baseball back in Boston on Friday afternoon as the Boston Red Sox stormed out an impressive 12-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.
The win marked the first time that Boston had won a playoff game since October 18, 2008 a span of 1,812 days. Jon Lester got the start in Game 1 for the Red Sox and impressed going 7 2/3 innings allowing just two runs and striking out seven Rays hitters. His 7 2/3 innings pitched on Friday is the most innings pitched by a
Boston’s offense scored 12 runs, which was the most runs scored by the team in a playoff game since scoring 13 runs on October 24, 2007 during Game 1 of the 2007 World Series vs. Colorado. Each Red Sox player had at least one hit in the game but two two-run doubles from Jonny Gomes and Jarrod Saltalamacchia were key in erasing a two run deficit early on.
Fatigue could have played a factor for the Rays as they have traveled to their fourth city in less than a week. The eight runs Boston scored against Rays starter Matt Moore were the most they have ever scored against him and the most they scored off him since recording six runs on April 15, 2012.
Looking ahead: Both teams will be back at it on Saturday evening for Game 2 starting at 5:37 pm ET. David Price will take the mound for the Rays and John Lackey for the Red Sox.