DETROIT -- There's one way to not worry about your closer -- bang out enough hits and score enough runs so that the game is out of reach by the ninth inning.
That was the strategy employed by the Red Sox Friday night, who collected 17 hits and bashed the Detroit Tigers, 10-6, on a day in which the club stripped Andrew Bailey of the closer's role.
Shane Victorino had four hits and tied a career high with five RBI. Jose Iglesias and Stephen Drew each had three hits while Jacoby Ellsbury had two hits, including a two-run double.
The outburst snapped a streak that saw the Sox average just three runs over the previous 10 games. Prior to Friday night, the Sox hadn't scored more than five runs in a game since June 10, when they beat Tampa Bay 10-8 in 14 innings.
Jon Lester snapped a seven-game winless streak and picked up his first victory since May 15, though he wasn't exactly sharp.
The lefty gave up a boatload of hits in the early going, but thanks in part to two double plays from Prince Fielder, escaped further trouble.
In three of the first five innings, the Tigers left multiple baserunners stranded.
But in the fifth, Lester allowed two homers -- a solo shot by Andy Dirks to lead off and a three-run blast to left by Miguel Cabrera, pulling the Tigers to within a run.
Three Red Sox relievers -- Junichi Tazawa, Craig Breslow and Andrew Miller -- combined to handle the final 3 1/3 innings, allowing just two hits along the way.
AT A GLANCE
STAR OF THE GAME: Shane Victorino
Victorino rapped out four hits for the first time this season and tied a career high with five RBI to lead the Red Sox' attack. He homered in the first, singled in the third, singled home two in the fourth, then added another run-scoring single in the seventh.
HONORABLE MENTION: Stephen Drew
Drew enjoyed his ninth multi-hit game of the season with three hits - two singles and a double -- while scoring three runs.
GOAT OF THE GAME: Doug Fister
Fister was pounded for a season-high 11 hits and couldn't get through the fourth inning, giving his team little chance as the Red Sox raced out to an early 6-1 lead.
TURNING POINT: In the fourth inning, with the Sox leading 2-1, Boston strung together six straight hits to score four runs and pull away comfortably.
BY THE NUMBERS: The 10 run outburst was the most number of runs the Red Sox had scored since June 10. In the 10 games in between, they averaged three per game and never scored more than five runs.
QUOTE OF NOTE: "I probably threw the best changeup I've ever thrown in my life to a guy who's on a whole other playing field. I wish he'd quit and go to a different league, make a league especially for him, I guess.'' Jon Lester on Miguel Cabrera's three-run homer in the fifth inning.