Papelbon Suffers Rare Blown Save

Oakland first team to break through against star Boston closer
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2007 10:17 PM CDT
Papelbon Suffers Rare Blown Save
Oakland Athletics Travis Buck (6) is congratulated at the plate by Bobby Crosby after his two-run homer against the Boston Red Sox in the ninth inning of their baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Tuesday, May 1, 2007. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Jonathan Papelbon, Boston's marquee closer, blew his first save of the season against the Athletics, and saw his hitherto sparkling ERA swell. Rookie outfielder Travis Buck hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth, and Dan Johnson hit the go-ahead RBI double in the tenth off reliever Brendan Donnelly to halt the rolling Sox 5-4.

Papelbon had cemented eight saves in 9.1 innings, including three against the arch-foe Yankees; Buck's homer thickened Pap's ERA to a human 1.74. The blown save voided a seven-inning, two-run start by Curt Schilling. (Read more MLB stories.)

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