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Pedroia: ‘We all think of this year as a failure’

10.11.09 at 5:34 pm ET

Dustin Pedroia drove in the first two runs of Sunday’s game but felt frustrated afterward as he and his Red Sox teammates watched as the Angels scored three times with two outs and none on in the ninth to rally to a 7-6 win, eliminating the Sox from the postseason.

“It kind of happened real fast,” Pedroia said. “We played as hard as we could. Tough way to end, obviously. We all think of this year as a failure so best thing we can do is work extremely hard in the offseason and get ready for next year.”

Pedroia added that he felt for closer Jonathan Papelbon, who allowed all three ninth inning runs.

“That’s why that’s the toughest job in baseball,” Pedroia said. “If you save it, you’re supposed to do that. If you don’t, everyone points the finger but there’s no one we’d rather have the ball but him.”

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