BOSTON – Felix Doubront pitched six innings of four-hit ball, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered on Monday to lead the Boston Red Sox over the Detroit Tigers 7-4.
The victory was tainted by an injury to 2008 AL MVP Dustin Pedroia, who left in the fifth inning with a jammed right thumb. The Tigers played most of the game without manager Jim Leyland and third-base coach Gene Lamont, ejected following a disputed foul tip in the second.
Doubront (5-2) gave up home runs to Gerald Laird and Delmon Young and just a pair of singles. He struck out six and walked one.
Jhonny Peralta hit a two-run homer in the ninth, and Doug Fister (0-3) allowed six runs and 11 hits in five-plus innings.
Ryan Sweeney, just activated from the seven-day concussion disabled list, had three hits and Saltalamacchia, Mike Aviles and David Ortiz all had two for Boston, which bounced back after blowing a ninth-inning lead against Tampa Bay on Sunday. The Red Sox scored one in the first and then three more in the second, taking advantage of a controversial call that led to the ejections.
Aviles swung and missed at what could have been strike three from Fister, but the umpires ruled it a foul tip that was not caught on a fly by Laird, the catcher. Replays appeared to show that it was not tipped, and that Laird did glove it before it could hit the dirt.
Aviles then lined an RBI single to center. Daniel Nava doubled him home and scored on Pedroia's single to make it 4-1 and Adrian Gonzales hit an inning-ending groundout to first base.
Leyland came out to argue with third-base umpire Tim Tschida, joining an already angry Lamont. The manager had retreated to the dugout but was still apparently yelling at the crew when first-base umpire Bill Welke tossed him.
After making a "Who, me?" expression, Leyland came back onto the field to argue some more.
Boston added one more in the third on Saltalamacchia's homer, then solo runs on Will Middlebrooks' infield single in the sixth and Aviles' RBI double in the eighth.
Laird had two hits for the Tigers.
NOTES: The Red Sox honored former right fielder Trot Nixon before the game for his contributions to the 2004 team that ended the franchise's 86-year championship drought. Nixon was presented with a No. 7 insert from the manual scoreboard and a mounted pine tar-stained helmet like the one he used to wear. ... Pedroia was hurt diving for Danny Worth's grounder at the end of the fifth inning. He was replaced by Nick Punto. .. Sweeney was activated from the DL before the game and OF Che-Hsuan Lin was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket.