Red Sox jump on Rays miscues, win ALDS opener 12-2 - NBC Sports

Red Sox jump on Rays miscues, win ALDS opener 12-2
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Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester warms up during a baseball workout at Fenway Park, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, in Boston. The Red Sox will face the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of the American League division series on Friday. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
October 4, 2013, 7:02 pm

BOSTON (AP) Jon Lester allowed three hits in 7 2-3 innings and the Boston Red Sox took advantage of poor Tampa Bay defense in a five-run fourth to beat the Rays 12-2 on Friday in Game 1 of the AL division series.

Lester gave up a pair of solo homers into the Monster Seats, but he got the lead back when the Rays fell apart in the fourth. One ball fell between two outfielders, another took a bad hop off the Green Monster standings, one batter reached safely on a dropped third strike and another when pitcher Matt Moore was slow to cover first.

By the time it was over, the Red Sox were ahead 5-2 and on their way to the early lead in the best-of-five series. Game 2 is on Saturday at Fenway Park.

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