Dustin Pedroia had gone 214 plate appearances and 48 games since his last home run.

What, then, were another 10 pitches?

In an at-bat that was every bit as impressive as any taken by a Red Sox player this season, Pedroia fouled off six pitches from Minnesota Twins reliever Casey Fien, including three in a row after working the count full. Then, on Fien’s 10th offering, he launched a changeup off a light stanchion atop the Green Monster in the eighth inning last night.

With that, Pedroia snapped a 4-4 tie, to say nothing of the longest homerless drought of his career. It would’ve busted the Red Sox’ season-high three-game losing streak, too, if closer-for-the-moment Joel Hanrahan hadn’t allowed Brian Dozier’s tie-restoring homer before leaving with an injury in the ninth inning of a 6-5, 11-inning victory.

But to those who wondered why Pedroia had not yet homered, he had a message.

“I’m not a home run hitter,” the second baseman said. “We have 130 games left. We’d like to stick to the process around here. That’s what good teams do. We’re going to do that.”

Although it was shortstop Stephen Drew who delivered the game-winning double in the 11th inning, the Sox were in position to win because of Pedroia, the de facto captain, who has gone largely unsung throughout the season-opening 21-11 run.