One of Terry Francona’s favorite parts of managing the Red Sox was watching Dustin Pedroia exert his will on the game.

Francona’s seat in the opposing dugout hasn’t diminished his appreciation in that regard, but man, has it increased his annoyance.

Francona certainly wouldn’t have minded Pedroia being a little less willful in the eighth inning yesterday, when the All-Star second baseman’s double to left plated the go-ahead run in a 7-4 victory over Francona’s Indians.

“It’s not the first time,” Francona said. “As the important part of the game (arrives) — it used to be fortunately, but now it’s unfortunately — he raises the level of his game.”

Pedroia’s heroics helped the Red Sox rally from deficits of 3-1 and 4-3 and win for the eighth time in 11 games. All in a day’s work for one of the best all-around players in baseball.

“The guy’s won an MVP, a World Series, you name it, Rookie of the Year, I mean what hasn’t he done in this game?” said catcher David Ross. “That guy’s a stud. I don’t expect anything but great things from him. That guy’s one of the best competitors — maybe the best competitor — I’ve ever been around.”

The winning rally wouldn’t have been possible without the work of table-setters Jose Iglesias and Pedro Ciriaco at the bottom of the order. Iglesias stroked three more hits and briefly lifted his average to .500 while scoring a pair of runs.

Ciriaco likewise went 3-for-4, kick-starting the eighth with a double and scoring the tying run on Mike Carp’s pinch double. That set the stage for Pedroia, who lined a hanging 0-2 Vinny Pestano slider with two outs high off The Wall in left.