Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Red Sox used 7 2/3 terrific innings from Jon Lester and an offensive barrage to gain the early upper hand in the American League Division Series, cruising to a 12-2 Game 1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays at a jam-packed Fenway Park.
Lester (1-0) gave up solo homers to Sean Rodriguez and Ben Zobrist that staked Tampa Bay to an initial 2-0 edge, but yielded just one other hit and three walks before exiting to a rousing ovation with two outs in the eighth.
The left-hander received ample support from his teammates, with the AL East champs shelling Rays starter Matt Moore (0-1) for eight runs -- seven earned -- and eight hits in the 17-game winner's 4 1/3 innings of work.
Every Boston regular collected at least one hit, with Jarrod Saltalamacchia finishing 2-for-4 with three RBI, Shane Victorino driving in two runs on a 3- for-4 day and Jonny Gomes producing a two-run double in the rout.
Tampa Bay, which prevailed in elimination games in three different cities over the previous five days, will attempt to regroup behind 2012 AL Cy Young winner David Price in Saturday's Game 2. John Lackey will draw the start for Boston.
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