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Pedroia belts three home runs, including game-winner in 10th inning

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DENVER -- Dustin Pedroia was hitting the ball all over the place. Most of all out of the yard.

Pedroia went 5 for 5 with three home runs, including a tiebreaking shot off Huston Street in the 10th inning, to lift the Boston Red Sox past the Colorado Rockies 13-11 in a wild game Thursday night that lasted nearly five hours.

Boston averted a series sweep in a rematch of the 2007 World Series and bailed out closer Jonathan Papelbon after he squandered a late lead at Coors Field for the second successive night.

"That was a crazy game," said Pedroia, who matched a career high with five RBI. "It was mentally draining. I'm just happy we won."

Marco Scutaro singled with one out in the 10th and Pedroia sent a shot into the left-field bleachers off Street (0-1), who just recently was activated after spending 2½ months on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation and a strained left groin.

"I knew he got it good. It sounded good," Street said.

Pedroia wasn't so sure he got enough of Street's hanging slider, though.

"In the thin air, I was hoping it would get in the first or second row," said Pedroia, the 2008 AL MVP. "I didn't see where it went. I just saw the left fielder put his head down. I'm like, 'That's awesome.' "

As the diminutive Pedroia made his way to the dugout afterward, David Ortiz greeted him with a big bear hug.

A well-earned one at that since this was Pedroia's first three-homer game, including Little League, high school -- anywhere.

"I've been feeling good at the plate lately, been seeing the ball good, hitting the ball all over the place," Pedroia said. "When you feel good, the only thing is you've got to get a good pitch to hit. Tonight, I got good pitches to hit and I didn't miss them."

Despite blowing a save opportunity for the second successive game, Papelbon (3-4) picked up the victory by pitching the final two innings.

Brad Hawpe tied it in the ninth with a two-run single off Papelbon, one night after the All-Star closer gave up a game-winning home run to pinch-hitter Jason Giambi.

Seth Smith nearly ended this one soon after, driving the ball to the deepest part of the park, where center fielder Darnell McDonald tracked it down with his back against the wall.

So close, Rockies manager Jim Tracy lamented.

"A shoulder width's length to the right off the bat of Seth Smith, and we win the game," Tracy said.

The teams combined to use 14 pitchers in a back-and-forth marathon that lasted 4 hours, 48 minutes and capped a dramatic series.

Giambi came through with a two-run shot Wednesday, his fifth career game-ending home run. On Tuesday, Rockies shortstop Clint Barmes made a diving stop on Mike Lowell's hard-hit grounder deep in the hole, rolling over and firing to first to beat a hobbling Lowell for the final out of a 2-1 victory.

Then there was this game, which featured 33 hits, including a season-high 18 by the Rockies.

Pedroia, who scored four times, had the first three-homer game of his career. He had a pair of two-run shots, a solo home run, a double, a single and a walk.

"When he's locked, he's as dangerous as anybody," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said.

Adrian Beltre hit a two-run homer and later added an RBI single as Boston avoided a sweep at Coors Field, where the Red Sox celebrated their sweep of the 2007 World Series.

Leading 6-2 after a solid five-inning effort from starter Daisuke Matsuzaka in his return to the mound, Boston put the game in the hands of the bullpen.

Only the relievers couldn't make it hold up as the Rockies rallied for six runs in the sixth to reclaim an 8-6 lead. Ian Stewart and Todd Helton each had a two-run single in the inning.

Colorado's bullpen didn't fare much better, giving the lead right back in a three-run seventh. Jason Varitek had the big blow with a two-run double off Manny Corpas.

Matsuzaka was reinstated from the disabled list before the game after missing more than two weeks with a strained forearm.

After a shaky beginning, the right-hander settled in, giving up five hits and two runs.

The Red Sox roughed up Jason Hammel, who entered with a 0.31 ERA this month. That figure was quickly elevated to 1.35 with the help of Boston's four-run rally in the fourth, which snapped Hammel's scoreless streak at 28 1/3 innings.

"We did a good job of actually keeping Pedroia off the board -- until tonight," Hammel said. "He went off."

Notes

  • It was the sixth three-homer game in the majors this season and first since Albert Pujols accomplished the feat May 30 at Chicago.
  • To make room for Matsuzaka on the roster, Boston placed Lowell on the DL with a right hip injury.
  • Hawpe drove in a season-high four runs.
 
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Lil' Dustin Pedroia accomplishes something Big Papi has never done -- three home runs in one game.  (AP)
Lil' Dustin Pedroia accomplishes something Big Papi has never done -- three home runs in one game. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

D. Pedroia
AB 5
R 4
H 5
HR 3
RBI 5
Colorado

T. Helton
AB 4
R 3
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Boston Red Sox
Marco Scutaro, SS6120000 .283
Daniel Nava, LF6210023 .350
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5455100 .293
David Ortiz, 1B5210003 .252
    Kevin Youkilis, 1B1000000 .306
Adrian Beltre, 3B4333100 .342
Jason Varitek, C5012013 .267
Mike Cameron, CF5112002 .261
    Jonathan Papelbon, P0000000 .000
Josh Reddick, RF2000022 .160
    Darnell McDonald, RF-CF2000100 .273
Daisuke Matsuzaka, P2011000 .500
   a- J.D. Drew, PH1000000 .274
    Manny Delcarmen, P0000000 .000
    Hideki Okajima, P0000000 .000
    Ramon Ramirez, P0000000 .000
   b- Victor Martinez, PH1000002 .295
    Scott Atchison, P0000000 .000
    Daniel Bard, P0000000 .000
    Bill Hall, RF1000000 .235
Totals4613151335  
a-grounded out for Matsuzaka in the 6th
b-grounded out for Ramirez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Dustin Pedroia (24, Hammel), Adrian Beltre (21, Hammel), Jason Varitek (6, Corpas), Mike Cameron (6, Hammel)
HR - Dustin Pedroia 3 (12, Hammel, Betancourt, Street), Adrian Beltre (11, Morales)
RBI - Dustin Pedroia 5 (41), Adrian Beltre 3 (51), Jason Varitek 2 (14), Mike Cameron 2 (5), Daisuke Matsuzaka (1)
2-OUT RBI - Dustin Pedroia 2 (14), Daisuke Matsuzaka (1)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Varitek-Scutaro
E - Adrian Beltre (13, Throwing), Marco Scutaro (10, Misplayed grounder)
Boston Red Sox
Daisuke Matsuzaka 5522460 4.50
Manny Delcarmen0233100 3.06
Hideki Okajima (BS,3) 0.2433000 5.47
Ramon Ramirez 0.1100000 4.88
Scott Atchison (H,1) 1.2211120 4.15
Daniel Bard (H,17) 0.1100010 2.11
Jonathan Papelbon (BS,3; W,3-4) 2322020 3.98
HBP - Smith (by Daisuke Matsuzaka)
Pitches-Strikes - Daisuke Matsuzaka 105-62, Manny Delcarmen 18-10, Hideki Okajima 20-15, Ramon Ramirez 5-5, Scott Atchison 36-21, Daniel Bard 10-6, Jonathan Papelbon 32-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daisuke Matsuzaka 3-6, Jonathan Papelbon 1-3
Batters Faced - Daisuke Matsuzaka 25, Manny Delcarmen 3, Hideki Okajima 6, Ramon Ramirez 2, Scott Atchison 7, Daniel Bard 2, Jonathan Papelbon 9
Colorado Rockies
Jonathan Herrera, 2B-SS5230112 .289
Todd Helton, 1B4322210 .257
Carlos Gonzalez, CF5220113 .304
Brad Hawpe, RF6024013 .277
Seth Smith, LF4120104 .278
Miguel Olivo, C6111027 .296
Ian Stewart, 3B5012114 .256
Clint Barmes, SS4121013 .231
   a- Jason Giambi, PH1011000 .217
    Aaron Cook, PR0000000 .240
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
   b- Chris Iannetta, PH1000000 .169
Jason Hammel, P1000010 .125
   c- Chris Nelson, PH1010000 .400
    Franklin Morales, P0000000 .000
   d- Ryan Spilborghs, PH2110002 .273
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Manuel Corpas, P0000000 .000
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
   e- Melvin Mora, PH-2B2000022 .252
Totals47111811611  
a-singled for Barmes in the 8th
b-grounded out for Street in the 10th
c-singled for Hammel in the 4th
d-singled for Morales in the 6th
e-struck out for Betancourt in the 8th
Batting
2B - Seth Smith (7, Atchison)
RBI - Todd Helton 2 (15), Brad Hawpe 4 (30), Miguel Olivo (33), Ian Stewart 2 (33), Clint Barmes (32), Jason Giambi (14)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Olivo (14), Ian Stewart 2 (16), Clint Barmes (14), Jason Giambi (5)
SB - Carlos Gonzalez (9, 2nd base off Papelbon/Varitek)
CS - Jonathan Herrera 2 (2, 2nd base by Matsuzaka/Varitek, 2nd base by Atchison/Varitek)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
PB - Miguel Olivo (6)
Colorado Rockies
Jason Hammel 4744141 4.31
Franklin Morales 2122101 5.00
Joe Beimel (H,11) 0.1222000 1.50
Manuel Corpas (BS,3) 0.2210100 4.02
Rafael Betancourt 1122011 5.68
Randy Flores 1000000 2.81
Huston Street (L,0-1) 1222001 7.71
WP - Rafael Betancourt (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hammel 87-54, Franklin Morales 32-22, Joe Beimel 12-8, Manuel Corpas 25-16, Rafael Betancourt 8-7, Randy Flores 15-10, Huston Street 25-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hammel 4-4, Franklin Morales 2-4, Joe Beimel 1-0, Manuel Corpas 1-1, Rafael Betancourt 3-0
Batters Faced - Jason Hammel 20, Franklin Morales 8, Joe Beimel 3, Manuel Corpas 5, Rafael Betancourt 5, Randy Flores 3, Huston Street 5
Game Information
Attendance - 48582
Game Time - 4:48
Temperature - 93
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Ron Kulpa