DETROIT — Jonny Gomes said bad losses like the one the Red Sox suffered on Thursday night can be like a hangover that ruins the days that follow.
“You see it all the time. You need to nip that stuff in the bud, let it go 30 minutes after the game. Done. Come back the next day and it’s the new game,” the veteran outfielder said.
The Sox were able to do that on Friday. They beat the Tigers 10-5, pounding five pitchers for 17 hits. Shane Victorino was 4 for 5 with a home run and five RBIs.
Stephen Drew and Jose Iglesias added three hits each and combined to score five runs at the bottom of the order. Drew had a double and Iglesias a triple.
The offense was so potent that a still-shaky Jon Lester won despite allowing five runs over 5.2 innings.
“Tonight was a good one for us, to come back and get that ‘W.’ You have to look at that,” Lester said. “The offense picked me up and that was huge, to score a bunch of runs.”
Catcher Jared Saltalamacchia, who scored two of the runs, has been on Red Sox teams in recent years that turned one rough night into a losing streak.
“In the past we allowed that to affect us a little but. This year has definitely been a lot different,” he said. “With the guys brought in here, just the atmosphere all together. It’s fun to show up and talk baseball and play baseball.”
With the Tigers starting Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander the next two games, it was an important win for the Sox.
• It was the 11th extra-base hit in 31 games for Iglesias. He had 11 extra-base hits in 88 games for Triple A Pawtucket all last season. Iglesias has reached base safely in 24 consecutive games and has at least one hit in 20 of his last 21 games. He is hitting .431 with a 1.060 OPS.
• It was another rough night for Lester (7-4), who allowed five runs on nine hits.
Lester took a five-run lead into the fifth inning and appeared to be in control of the game. But that vanished quickly as he allowed four runs.
Andy Dirks led off with a home run to right field. Brayan Pena singled, as did Torii Hunter with one out. Miguel Cabrera followed with a home run to left center field on the first pitch he saw.
“Probably throw the best changeup I’ve ever thrown in my life to a guy that’s on a whole other playing field,” Lester said. “Wish he’d quit and go to a different league, maybe a league that’s especially for him.”
Cabrera was 4 for 4 and is hitting .368 with 20 home runs and 74 RBIs in 72 games. He is 10 of 16 against Lester in his career.