Oct 5, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (2) reacts with designated hitter David Ortiz (34) after scoring a run during the fifth inning in game two of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Red Sox Outlast Rays, Take Commanding 2-0 Lead In ALDS

Fortune did not appear to be on the side of the Red Sox entering today’s game. While John Lackey (10-13, 3.52) has been no slouch in 2013, they were facing David Price– who has stifled the Red Sox in 2013, pitching to 2.48 ERA in 5 starts. Price had been dominant in the Rays’ game 163 on Monday, looking every bit the dominant foe that the Red Sox have grown used to facing and fearing. However, not only did the Red Sox win today, they knocked Price around– scoring 7 runs against the lanky left-hander in Game Two of the 2013 ALDS.

The Red Sox were locked into Price from the start. Jacoby Ellsbury singled to start the ballgame, then stole second and advanced to third on an error all with no outs. He would score on a sacrifice fly by Dustin Pedroia, and then a David Ortiz home run would give the Red Sox a 2-0 lead in the very first inning. The tide looked like it could have turned after the Rays scored once and the Red Sox went down 1-2-3 in the second inning, but it did not.

David Ross and Ellsbury knocked back-to-back doubles to start the third inning, and a fielder’s choice from Dustin Pedroia gave the Red Sox an early 4-1 advantage, augmented by a fourth inning RBI triple from Stephen Drew.

Sitting at 5-1, however, things got a bit rough for the Red Sox in the fifth inning. John Lackey had been doing his best Houdini impression throughout the first four innings, allowing only one run despite three hits and two walks, but the baserunners finally caught up to him in the fifth. The Rays had runners at first and second with two outs when James Loney cracked a high fly ball off the deepest part of the Green Monster for a two-run double to cut the Red Sox lead to 5-3.

The Red Sox and Rays exchanged single runs over the next couple of innings, with John Lackey being removed with a 6-4 lead in the sixth inning. Craig Breslow came in to finish the sixth, and got through a scoreless seventh as well before handing the ball off to Junichi Tazawa, who threw a scoreless eighth. After the Red Sox got an insurance run on David Ortiz’s second homer of the game in the ninth, Koji Uehara finished the game off with 11 pitches– all of them strikes– in a perfect inning. The Red Sox will look to wrap up an ALDS sweep on Monday with Clay Buchholz (12-1, 1.74) scheduled to pitch against Alex Cobb (11-3, 2.76).


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  • boondocker2

    Until the Red Sox went out west to play the Giants and Dodgers, it was my opinion, though the Sox were doing good and in first place; it was not so much the Red Sox were winning these games, the other team was losing them. That is not the case right now. And has not been since. If memory serves me right the Sox could have swept the Dodgers.
    I believe it unbalances a team when they know if they make a bad play, the ceiling could fall in quickly. This causes tightness and negative vibes.. This apprehension causes unseen and seen conseqences.
    The first game handed the Red Sox momentum, with Myers misque, and then the miss playing of the wall. The second game came with a steal by Ellsberry and the ball going into center field. Ellies has got to be a PIA for apposing pitchers. I would like to know how many runs resulted from his steals? I guess half or better of total runs scored. Just from stealing a base. Then of course the Gomes hit, (game one). The Victorino’s polite slide to break up the doulbe play.
    When you have one situation like those above, a game can change quick. But, to have three in each game, crucial plays, it is almost impossible to break through it.
    I think the first year, when the Sox beat the Cardinals in four straight, yes it was the thrill of having too win four straight against the Yankees, but the Cardinals were still thinking they were playing the Yankees, when the Red Sox showed up.The Cardinals had to wait for us to finish, but until it was over they thought they would be playing the Yankees and it totally unnerved them
    When you think of the Rays. They played the last 10 or so games with their play-off post challenged every game. Then a one gamer with Texas, and another one gamer with Cleveland. How many times can you bring your “A” game to town. No matter what one says there has to be tension. If there was celebrating…it was to soon, and the celebrating added more tension, believe it of not.
    Hopefully Clay can be great and bring the series to a close. And the Sox will have to play more simulated games.waiting for their next apponent. I lean for a Detroit win over Oakland, as Detroit is not doing too good these last 6 or eight games, with a no-hitter thrown in there. They are looking sluggish.Like they put all their energy into clobbering Cleveland and then thought the war was over.They should have bounced right back after that no-hitter and did in the first inning of the first game and then goose eggs. I would have imagined a 15-4 win. Now they are 17 inning w/o scoring a run and Cabrerra is hurting bad.
    Of course the Red Sox could get spooked with the echoing of a half empty Troppicanna field.

  • Rick M

    Ah…the Myers chant. Ingenuity versus cow bells.