Red Sox 13, Rockies 1 – I’m not sure how many of you out there thought the first game would be this ugly, but it didn’t get off to a good start with Dustin Pedroia leading off with a homer and three runs scored off Jeff Francis in the first. That’s been way too many runs to give Josh Beckett at any point during this post-season, and eventually the Red Sox just kept adding more and more to the total, including a seven-run fifth inning off a well-praised Rockies bullpen — Ryan Speier walked three straight batters with the bases loaded. Beckett was his usual form of flawless, six hits, one run, nine strikeouts, seven innings — and the offense gave him a lead that Mike Timlin and Eric Gagne couldn’t blow. Blowout losses early are probably easier to shrug off — hope the young Rockies don’t have the recollection of elephants, because AL superiority just got put on display.
Photo: AP/Julie Jacobson