The Red Sox's bats came alive, but it was all for naught as Jonathan Papelbon surrendered three runs in the ninth inning.
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.
3 -- Runs allowed by Papelbon, who had not yielded a run in 26 postseason innings entering the ninth. Game balls
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.
Bard fired two scoreless innings in relief of Buchholz, collecting a pair of strikeouts.
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.
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.
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.
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.Less