David Ortiz, Jonny Gomes Power Red Sox Bats in Best Images From Game 1 of ALDS (Photos)

david ortizThe Red Sox earned an important victory in Game 1 of the ALDS at Fenway Park on Friday. Boston’s bats exploded for eight runs against Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Matt Moore and four more against the Rays bullpen in a decisive 12-2 win.

Moore started his first career playoff game with three scoreless innings, but a defensive mistake by Rays right fielder Wil Myers allowed the Red Sox to take control of the contest in the fourth inning. Myers misplayed a fly ball off the bat of David Ortiz at the warning track, and it bounced over the wall for a ground-rule double. The Sox proceeded to score five runs after Myers’ mishap.

Boston’s offense then scored three runs in the fifth inning and four more in the eighth to earn a 12-2 victory. Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester gave a brilliant performance, allowing just two runs on three hits while striking out seven over 7 2/3 innings.

Game 2 is Saturday at 5:37 p.m. ET at Fenway Park.

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