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ALDS Game 1: Jon Lester and Red Sox blow past Rays with 12-2 drubbing

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Jonny Gomes scores in the fourth inning of Boston's ALDS win on Friday. (Getty)

The Boston Red Sox turned a five-run fourth inning into a 12-2 romp over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of the ALDS at Fenway Park. The victory gives Boston a 1-0 series lead.

Jon Lester gave up solo home runs to Sean Rodriguez and Ben Zobrist but was stellar the rest of the way in his first postseason win since Game 4 of the 2008 ALDS. Final line: 7 IP, two runs, three hits, six strikeouts and two walks.

• Jonny Gomes and Jarrod Saltalamacchia both hit two-run doubles to start the scoring in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively. Gomes also scored twice.

• Rays rookie rightfielder Wil Myers had an afternoon to forget, misplaying a fly ball in the fourth inning that led to a ground rule double by David Ortiz and paved Boston's way to a big frame. (We'll get to that in just a bit.) He also went 0 for 4 at the plate.

• His defense didn't do him many favors, but Rays southpaw Matt Moore was still ineffective against a Red Sox lineup that many fans worried would be stymied by a lefthander. He lasted only 4 1/3 innings while giving up eight runs and eight hits.

Myers seemed to have a good track on a deep fly ball that Ortiz hit to the right field warning track. He broke from the ball at the last second, however, and looked behind him, as if he expected to see center field Desmond Jennings making the play. A lot of questions were asked after the play: Did the Boston bullpen break an unwritten rule by yelling "I got it?" Did someone in the stands yell something similar? Myers later said it was none of those things. He simply saw Jennings out of the corner of his eye and made a mistake.

No matter the case, the damage was done. Ortiz's hit put runners on second and third and led to a five-run inning that allowed the Red Sox to overcome an early two-run deficit. Four of those runs were scored with two outs.

• The Red Sox scored 853 runs in the regular season, 57 more than Detroit, the next closest competitor. With a big Game 1 debut, can anyone stop this lineup in October?

• Can David Price, who beat Texas in Game 163 on Monday, take the mound and even the series for the Rays on Saturday?

Game 2 is scheduled for Saturday night at Fenway Park. David Price starts for the Rays, while John Lackey starts for the Red Sox. First pitch is set for 5:37 p.m. EDT and the game will be broadcast on TBS.

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