Following Friday's 4-1 loss to the Braves, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine predicted second baseman Dustin Pedroia would soon bust out of his offensive funk.

"He'll get hot,'' Valentine said then. "Hotter than a firecracker.''

Consider it done.

Pedroia broke an 0-for-11 drought with a 3-for-4 performance in Boston's 8-4 win over Atlanta Saturday night, silencing those who called for Valentine to consider dropping Pedroia in the batting order and those who wondered why the Sox never put him on the disabled list when a torn muscle in his right thumb caused him to miss six games.

"Hits are coming,'' Pedroia said. "You guys have seen it. Every year I go through a time where, like everybody else does, I have a tough time. But when it rains, it pours. It can go from cold to real hot.''