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10/11/09 4:09 PM ET

Red Sox Short Hops: Game 3

Papelbon allows three in ninth as Sox's lead disappears

Fielding the Red Sox's 7-6 loss to the Angels on Sunday in Game 3 of the American League Division Series on a short hop ...

In < 25 words ...
The Red Sox's bats came alive, but it was all for naught as Jonathan Papelbon surrendered three runs in the ninth inning.

Frozen moment
After intentionally walking Torii Hunter to load the bases with two outs, Papelbon gave up a two-run single to Vladimir Guerrero that put the Angels on top, 7-6.

Big number
3 -- Runs allowed by Papelbon, who had not yielded a run in 26 postseason innings entering the ninth.

Game balls

Clay Buchholz

Buchholz made Boston's offensive uprising stand up early on with a solid outing, tossing five-plus innings of two-run ball in his postseason debut.

Daniel Bard

Bard fired two scoreless innings in relief of Buchholz, collecting a pair of strikeouts.

Dustin Pedroia

Pedroia doubled the Red Sox's ALDS scoring output entering Sunday with a two-run double in the third that plated Jacoby Ellsbury and Alex Gonzalez.

Sense of October
Papelbon sat in the dugout in disbelief after coughing up a 6-4 lead in the ninth.

Lines of the Game

Dustin Pedroia
4 AB, R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB
Comment: The reigning AL Most Valuable Player delivered a two-run double that put Boston on the scoreboard.

Clay Buchholz
5+ IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 1 BK
Comment: Buchholz more than held his own in his first playoff appearance.

Next step
It will be an early winter vacation for the Red Sox, whose playoff dominance over the Angels disappeared in a hurry.

John Barone is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.