BOSTON – Tampa Bay Rays came out swinging scoring the first two points in Game 1 of the American Legion Division Series Friday afternoon at Fenway Park, but in the fourth inning Boston Red Sox turned the tide to win 12-2.
Sean Rodriquez started the scoring with a home run in the second inning to put the Rays on top. Ben Zobrist hit another homer in the top of the fourth, to give the Rays a 2-0 lead.
Boston exploded with five runs in the bottom of the fourth, taking advantage of Rays' miscues. Red Sox put three more points on the board in the fifth to put Boston on top by five with a score of 8-2.
With two outs, Rays coach Joe Maddon pulled starting pitcher Matt Moore, putting Wesley Wright in the game. Two batters later Rays brought in Chris Archer, who quickly found himself in a bases-loaded situation. Archer pitched his way out of the inning, stopping the Boston onslaught.
Alex Torres took over pitching duties in the seventh for the Rays, keeping Boston in check. Rays bullpen tried to keep the pressure on in the eighth, but couldn't keep Boston down. The Red Sox picked up four more in the bottom of the eighth, including a bases-loaded walk, giving Boston a 12-2 lead.
Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester got credit for Boston's win, keeping the Rays to two runs through seven innings, plus two outs in the eight.
Saturday's game at Fenway Park begins at 5:30 p.m. David Price will pitch for the Rays against John Lackey for Boston. The teams travel to St. Petersburg to play Monday, Oct. 7, time to be determined.
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