DENVER – Dustin Pedroia hit three home runs, including a tiebreaking shot off Huston Street in the 10th inning, to lift the Boston Red Sox over the Colorado Rockies 13-11 in a wild game Thursday night that lasted nearly five hours.

Boston averted a three-game sweep in a rematch of the 2007 World Series and bailed out closer Jonathan Papelbon after he blew a late lead at Coors Field for the second straight night.

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.

Pedroia finished 5 for 5 with 5 RBI.

Papelbon (3-4) retired the side in order in the 10th after giving up a two-run single to Brad Hawpe in the ninth.


MIKE LOWELL was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right hip injury and the Red Sox filled his roster spot by reinstating right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, who started against Colorado.

Matsuzaka had been out since June 8 after straining his forearm. It was his second stint on the DL this season — he missed the first 23 games of the year with a neck injury.

Lowell, 36, said he tweaked his hip while taking swings in the batting cage during Tuesday night’s game against Colorado. It’s the same hip he had surgically repaired in October 2008, due to a torn labrum.

Lowell entered as a pinch hitter Tuesday and made the game’s final out when he was unable to beat out a grounder deep into the shortstop hole. Clint Barmes made a diving backhand stop, got up and short-hopped the throw to first baseman Todd Helton.

“After Clint Barmes pretty much embarrassed me, I knew there was something,” Lowell said.

Stung by his inability to run hard to first, Lowell sent a text message to Manager Terry Francona after the game to let him know that his hip was, as he put it, “barking.”