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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.
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.
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."
|Lil' Dustin Pedroia accomplishes something Big Papi has never done -- three home runs in one game. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Boston Red Sox|
|Marco Scutaro, SS||6||1||2||0||0||0||0||.283|
|Daniel Nava, LF||6||2||1||0||0||2||3||.350|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||5||4||5||5||1||0||0||.293|
|David Ortiz, 1B||5||2||1||0||0||0||3||.252|
|Kevin Youkilis, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.306|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||4||3||3||3||1||0||0||.342|
|Jason Varitek, C||5||0||1||2||0||1||3||.267|
|Mike Cameron, CF||5||1||1||2||0||0||2||.261|
|Jonathan Papelbon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Josh Reddick, RF||2||0||0||0||0||2||2||.160|
|Darnell McDonald, RF-CF||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||.273|
|Daisuke Matsuzaka, P||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||.500|
|a- J.D. Drew, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.274|
|Manny Delcarmen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Hideki Okajima, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ramon Ramirez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Victor Martinez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.295|
|Scott Atchison, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Daniel Bard, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Bill Hall, RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.235|
|a-grounded out for Matsuzaka in the 6th|
|b-grounded out for Ramirez in the 7th|
|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|
|DP - Varitek-Scutaro|
|E - Adrian Beltre (13, Throwing), Marco Scutaro (10, Misplayed grounder)|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Hideki Okajima (BS,3)||0.2||4||3||3||0||0||0||5.47|
|Scott Atchison (H,1)||1.2||2||1||1||1||2||0||4.15|
|Daniel Bard (H,17)||0.1||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.11|
|Jonathan Papelbon (BS,3; W,3-4)||2||3||2||2||0||2||0||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|
|Jonathan Herrera, 2B-SS||5||2||3||0||1||1||2||.289|
|Todd Helton, 1B||4||3||2||2||2||1||0||.257|
|Carlos Gonzalez, CF||5||2||2||0||1||1||3||.304|
|Brad Hawpe, RF||6||0||2||4||0||1||3||.277|
|Seth Smith, LF||4||1||2||0||1||0||4||.278|
|Miguel Olivo, C||6||1||1||1||0||2||7||.296|
|Ian Stewart, 3B||5||0||1||2||1||1||4||.256|
|Clint Barmes, SS||4||1||2||1||0||1||3||.231|
|a- Jason Giambi, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.217|
|Aaron Cook, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.240|
|Randy Flores, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Huston Street, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Chris Iannetta, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.169|
|Jason Hammel, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.125|
|c- Chris Nelson, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.400|
|Franklin Morales, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Ryan Spilborghs, PH||2||1||1||0||0||0||2||.273|
|Joe Beimel, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Manuel Corpas, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Rafael Betancourt, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|e- Melvin Mora, PH-2B||2||0||0||0||0||2||2||.252|
|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|
|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|
|PB - Miguel Olivo (6)|
|Joe Beimel (H,11)||0.1||2||2||2||0||0||0||1.50|
|Manuel Corpas (BS,3)||0.2||2||1||0||1||0||0||4.02|
|Huston Street (L,0-1)||1||2||2||2||0||0||1||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|
|Attendance - 48582|
|Game Time - 4:48|
|Temperature - 93|
|Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Ron Kulpa|