DETROIT (AP) -- Shane Victorino homered and hit three singles, driving in five runs to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 10-6 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.
Miguel 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 52Ž3 innings, but he 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 31Ž3 innings.
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 to Detroit’s Jhonny Peralta on Thursday. The Tigers designated Jose Valverde for assignment Friday, and the Red Sox announced that Bailey would be given a break from closing.
Boston got through the last 31/3 innings Friday with Junichi Tazawa, Craig Breslow and Andrew Miller. Koji Uehara would likely have closed if the game had been tighter.
Fister didn’t strike out a single 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.