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Pedroia power lifts Boston over Rockies

DENVER (Reuters) - Dustin Pedroia put on a scintillating display of power by blasting three home runs and going 5-for-5 to help lead the Boston Red Sox to an explosive 13-11 extra-inning victory over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday.

In a pulsating slug-fest that nearly lasted five hours, Pedroia broke an 11-11 tie in the 10th inning with a game-winning two-run shot off Huston Street, who was making his season debut after coming off the disabled list.

"That was a crazy game. It was mentally draining," Pedroia told the Boston Herald after his first career three-homer game. "I've hit a lot of bombs... just never three in one game. I'm just happy we won, man."

The Rockies trailed 11-9 in the ninth but forced an extra innings when Brad Hawpe hit a two-run single against Jonathan Papelbon, who then recovered well to get the final three outs in the 10th.

Hawpe finished with four RBIs for Colorado (38-34).

Boston's Japanese starter Daisuke Matsuzaka struck out six and allowed two runs in five innings of his first outing since a stint on the disabled list.

Matsuzaka, who also started the season on the DL with a neck injury, had been pitching well before an arm ailment kept him out following his previous start on June 7.

The Rockies feasted on Boston's bullpen and scored six runs in the sixth to take an 8-6 lead but the Red Sox (44-30) roared back with three runs in the seventh where Jason Varitek hit a go-ahead two-run double.

Pedroia then added his second homer of the night in the eighth to give the visitors an 11-8 edge.

Rockies starter Jason Hammel was chased after allowing four runs in four innings. The red-hot right-hander had a streak of 28 1/3 innings without allowing a run before Pedroia homered to lead off a four-run fourth for Boston.

Adrian Beltre put the Red Sox up 6-2 with a two-run blast in the fifth and finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs.

With the win, Boston avoided a three-game sweep by the Rockies in the first meeting between the teams since the Red Sox swept Colorado to win the 2007 World Series.

(Reporting by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by John O'Brien)

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