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Pedroia on DL with break; Sox topple Giants, 4-2.

Byline: Janie McCauley

SAN FRANCISCO - The Boston Red Sox are going to have to find a way to win without Dustin Pedroia, their most reliable hitter of late. Perhaps for a while.

The All-Star second baseman was placed on the 15-day disabled list before yesterday's 4-2 win over the Giants with a broken left foot and it's unclear how long he might be sidelined or whether he could need surgery. He said inserting a pin into the foot is an option to help him heal more quickly, but Pedroia will know more tomorrow after he is examined by team doctors back home.

"In the past I've healed pretty quick," Pedroia said. "I hope I do the same this time."

The 2008 AL MVP fouled a ball off his foot during Friday night's 5-4 loss to San Francisco and was removed from the game in the third inning after staying in and finishing his plate appearance with a walk. Red Sox manager Terry Francona said tests yesterday revealed a non-displaced fracture in the middle of Pedroia's left foot - the navicular bone - despite an initial result of negative X-rays late Friday.

"There's nothing we can do. The level of my disappointment is not going to make him heal quicker," Francona said. "He came in here today and asked who was going to play second. I've never seen a kid care as much about a team. He's as legit a player and a person as they come."

The injury is a major blow to the Red Sox, who began the day three games behind the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East. Pedroia joins Josh Beckett, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Lowell and Jeremy Hermida on Boston's disabled list.

Pedroia was on crutches yesterday and wearing a walking boot. Francona knew the injury could be serious just because Pedroia was unable to put pressure on the foot late Friday. The manager said the Red Sox sent scans of his foot to their team doctors, and the two-time All-Star will be examined by Dr. George Theodore, an orthopedist, tomorrow.

"I don't know that we have a parameter yet," Francona said, acknowledging surgery could be necessary. "When we know the severity of it, then we'll have some parameters. I think anybody that's been around Dustin would bet on him being quicker than anybody humanly possible healing. But they don't know the extent of it yet."

Pedroia hit a career-high three home runs Thursday night, including a tiebreaking shot in the 10th inning, and went 5 for 5 with five RBIs in a 13-11 victory at Colorado.

Last night, the Sox got power elsewhere. Mike Cameron hit a three-run homer and Darnell McDonald also connected as Boston beat San Francisco's top pitching prospect.

Scott Atchison (1-1) tossed 2-1/3 innings for the win against his former team after Boston starter Clay Buchholz was removed early because of a hyper-extended left knee that he hurt while running the bases.

The Giants called up Madison Bumgarner (0-1) from Triple-A Fresno to make his 2010 debut and second career start. He struck out five and allowed four runs on five hits in seven innings, but had to throw a lot of pitches to get through Boston's dangerous lineup. He didn't get much help from the offense, either.

Buster Posey drove in both Giants runs but that wasn't enough as Boston bounced back and evened the series after a 5-4 loss Friday night.

Along with his first home run in a season that featured more than a month on the disabled list, Cameron crashed into the wall in making a great catch of Pablo Sandoval's fly, which ended the eighth.

Jonathan Papelbon worked a 1-2-3 ninth on eight pitches for his 17th save in 20 chances.

Only a few hours after the Red Sox placed Pedroia on the DL, they lost Buchholz. Going for his 11th win, he was removed after only one inning.

Buchholz singled in the top of the second and was apparently injured moments later running between first and second on Marco Scutaro's inning-ending double play. Buchholz, Boston's only pitcher with double-digit wins, grabbed his left hamstring in the dugout.

In the middle of the game, the Red Sox announced they had acquired infielder-outfielder Eric Patterson from Oakland for minor league pitcher Fabian Williamson.

Getting Patterson gives Boston some added depth with Pedroia out. Patterson was set to join the team today, an easy trip considering the A's are playing at home across the bay against the Pirates.

Bill Hall was in the starting lineup at second base yesterday for the Red Sox. Boston also called up infielder Angel Sanchez from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Bumgarner, 20, was scratched from a scheduled start Friday night for Fresno at Portland in case the Giants needed him yesterday. With Posey getting a rare start behind the plate, San Francisco had two of its top rising stars in the lineup.

Posey had an RBI groundout in the fourth and a sixth-inning sacrifice fly.

Bumgarner walked just one batter in a 96-pitch outing and singled leading off the fifth for his first major league hit.

The left-hander, who went 7-1 with a 3.16 ERA in 14 Triple-A starts this season, is expected to remain in the rotation as the Giants try to find some consistency from their No. 5 starter. Todd Wellemeyer isn't close to returning from a strained right quadriceps that sidelined him June 11 and should keep him out until the All-Star break or longer.

Bumgarner took the mound shortly after the Giants retired the No. 20 of 91-year-old Hall of Famer Monte Irvin - with Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal, Gaylord Perry and Orlando Cepeda on hand - offering quite a glimpse of Giants past and future.

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CUTLINE: Boston starter Clay Buchholz throws a first-inning pitch last night, his only inning of work before getting injured on the base paths.

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