Pedroia ends slump with three hits

Pedroia ends slump with three hits

ST. PETERSBURG -- Dustin Pedroia was only going to stay in a slump for so long. The star second baseman busted out of an 0-for-19 drought by going 3-for-5 to help the Red Sox to Monday night's 6-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

One sign that Pedroia's fortunes were changing occurred in his second at-bat, when he hit a popup off one of the catwalks. It was ruled a foul ball, and Pedroia rallied back to hit a single to right.

"That scared me," said Pedroia. "I didn't run. I'm like, 'Oh my god, [manager Terry Francona] is going to bench me for seven months and laugh about it.' That was nice. Nice break."

Often times, Pedroia follows a cold streak with a prolonged hot streak. The Red Sox hope that is again the case.

Francona never seemed worried during Pedroia's slump.

"I don't worry, I care," Francona said. "He's giving more than he has. You see that ball hit that speaker or the catwalk, I've never been happy about that before. Then he fights one off into right field and it ends up being a big at-bat. I stand by that statement. He will get as hot as he got cold. I firmly believe that."