Victorino homers, matches career best with five RBIs
Shane Victorino was already having quite a game at the plate for the Boston Red Sox on Friday when he became a bit greedy on defense.
The right fielder picked up a clean single by the Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera and tried to throw him out at first base. Cabrera got to the bag in time, but on this day, it seemed Victorino was capable of anything – he hit a solo homer in a 4-for-5 performance and tied a career high with five RBIs as Boston won 10-6.
“He looked at me. I said, ‘Yeah, you better run,’ ” Victorino said of the seventh-inning play on Cabrera’s hit. “We have kind of like a friendship, a camaraderie. He’s a great player.”
Victorino, the only Maui-born All-Star in major league history, has driven in five runs in a game three times in his career.
“I didn’t even know what my career high was,” Victorino said. “It’s great. Any time you get four hits and five RBIs – for a guy like me – you always get excited for it.”
Victorino’s career high for hits in a game is five, most recently in 2007, and he nearly had a fifth hit in the eighth inning Friday. With the bases loaded and one out, shortstop Jhonny Peralta fielded his slow chopper and tried unsuccessfully to get a force at home. Boston took an 8-5 lead on the play, ruled a fielder’s choice.
Jon Lester (7-4) allowed five runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings, but won for the first time in seven starts.
Cabrera hit a three-run homer, and finished 4-for-4.
Doug Fister (6-5) permitted six runs in 3 1/3 innings.
“Bottom line: I didn’t do my job tonight,” Fister said. “They’re a good lineup – put the ball in play and did what they needed to do to put up runs.”