June 22, 2013

Victorino leads Red Sox victory

Shane Victorino drives in five runs and the Red Sox bullpen helps Jon Lester break a non-win streak.

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DETROIT - Shane Victorino was already having quite a night at the plate when he became a bit greedy in right field Friday.

Shane Victorino, Brayan Pena
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Shane Victorino follows through on a two-run single in the fourth inning Friday night, part of his five-RBI game that helped the Boston Red Sox provide Jon Lester with a victory, downing the Detroit Tigers, 10-6.

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Jarrod Saltalamacchia
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Jarrod Saltalamacchia of the Boston Red Sox gets the welcome-home from teammates in the dugout after scoring on Shane Victorino’s grounder in the eighth inning of a 10-6 victory against Detroit Friday night.

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WHO: Red Sox (Webster 0-1) at Detroit Tigers (Scherzer 10-0)

WHEN: 7:15 p.m.


He picked up Miguel Cabrera's clean single and tried to throw the Detroit slugger out at first. Cabrera made it to the bag in time but on this night, it seemed Victorino was capable of anything.

"He looked at me. I said, 'Yeah, you better run,' " Victorino said. "We have kind of like a friendship, a camaraderie. He's a great player."

Victorino upstaged Cabrera a bit, hitting a homer and three singles to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 10-6 win over the Tigers. Victorino tied a career high with five RBI.

"I didn't even know what my career high was," Victorino said. "It's great. Any time you get four hits and five RBI, for a guy like me, you always get excited for it."

Cabrera hit a three-run homer for Detroit, which nearly rallied from a 6-1 deficit but couldn't come through against the Boston bullpen. Jon Lester (7-4) allowed five runs and nine hits in 52/3 innings but won for the first time in seven starts.

The Red Sox lost Thursday night in the ninth inning but their bullpen held the Tigers to one run Friday.

Doug Fister (6-5) allowed six runs and 11 hits in 3 1/3 innings.

"Doug wasn't at his sharpest but he didn't get any luck, either," Detroit Manager Jim Leyland said. "I'm not making any excuses for him but when they hit the ball hard, and they did hit some hard, they got a hit, and when they didn't hit the ball hard, they still got a hit."

Andy Dirks also homered for Detroit, and Cabrera had four hits.

Both teams came into the game amid upheaval in the bullpen after Andrew Bailey gave up a game-winning homer Thursay night to Jhonny Peralta of Detroit. The Tigers designated Jose Valverde for assignment and the Red Sox are giving Bailey a break from closing.

Boston got through the last 31/3 innings with Junichi Tazawa, Craig Breslow and Andrew Miller. Koji Uehara likely would have closed if the game had been tighter.

The Red Sox lead Baltimore by two games atop the AL East. Cleveland trimmed Detroit's AL Central lead to three.

Fister didn't strike out a batter, and Boston found seemingly every hole on the diamond against him. The Red Sox led 2-1 before coming up with six straight hits off Fister in the fourth. Jacoby Ellsbury's two-run double made it 4-1 and Victorino followed with a two-run single.

It was Victorino's first four-hit game since 2011. He opened the scoring with a solo homer in the first, although the Tigers tied it in the second on Brayan Pena's RBI single.

Dustin Pedroia's run-scoring groundout in the third gave Boston a 2-1 lead and the Red Sox added four in the following inning.

Detroit answered with four in the fifth. Dirks hit a solo shot, and Cabrera's 20th homer of the year made it 6-5 and upped his RBI total to 74.

"Probably throw the best change-up I've ever thrown in my life to a guy that's just on a whole other playing field," Lester said. "Wish he'd quit and go to a different league -- make a league especially for him, I guess. I thought at first it was off the end of the bat, and apparently not."

Jose Iglesias tripled in the sixth and scored on a single by Victorino.

On Cabrera's third hit, a single to right in the seventh, Victorino tried to throw him out at first from the outfield. Cabrera beat the throw and appeared to laugh and yell something in Victorino's direction.

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Jacoby Ellsbury of the Red Sox rounds first base on his way to a two-run double in the fourth inning at Detroit.


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