July 30, 2013

Sox: Out at home and 1st

The tying run is out at home on a blown call as Boston loses to Tampa Bay and drops to second place in the AL East.

By JIMMY GOLEN The Associated Press

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Clouds hang over Fenway Park during a game between the Red Sox and Rays on Monday.

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Joel Peralta, Daniel Nava
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Daniel Nava can’t believe he was called out at home by umpire Jerry Meals in the eighth inning Monday night while trying to score from third on a sacrifice fly. The Sox lost to the Rays, 2-1.

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WHO: Red Sox (Workman 0-1) vs. Seattle Mariners (Saunders 9-9)

WHEN: 7:10 p.m.

WHERE: Fenway Park


BOSTON — With help from a quick thunderstorm, the Red Sox had David Price out of the game.

The problem was they didn't get a break on an umpire's admitted missed call in a 2-1 loss to the Rays on Monday night.

Trailing 2-1 in the eighth inning, pinch-runner Daniel Nava was called out at home by plate umpire Jerry Meals -- even though replays clearly showed and Meals said afterward -- that Nava got under the tag of catcher Jose Molina.

"No, there was no doubt. I knew I was safe. I wouldn't try and sell it, if I -- on replay you'd see that I was safe," said Nava. "So I knew that I was safe. Unfortunately, that was the situation, and obviously that was the call, but at the same time, I probably should have been there the at-bat before."

Ryan Lavarnway doubled off the Green Monster against reliever Joel Peralta, but Nava couldn't score when Stephen Drew's line drive went over right fielder Wil Myers' head for a double. Nava then tagged on Brandon Snyder's fly ball to short left-center.

Defensive replacement Sam Fuld called off center fielder Desmond Jennings on what would have been a tying sacrifice fly and threw out Nava for an inning-ending double play.

"Off the bat, I knew I wanted that throw, and I knew it was going to be pretty close," said Fuld, who got so much into the throw that he tumbled over after releasing the ball, a move he called the "Fuld Flop."

Nava and Manager John Farrell both argued, with Farrell getting ejected by Meals.

"It was a missed call, a terrible call," Farrell said. "Clearly the angle of Jerry Meals behind the plate, he did not see the view, Daniel Nava clearly was safe. We should still be playing right now."

Meals spoke to a pool reporter after the game.

"What I saw was Molina blocked the plate and Nava's foot lifted," he said. "But in the replays, you could clearly see Nava's foot got under for a split second and then lifted, so I was wrong on my decision. From the angle I had, I did not see his foot get under Molina's shin guard."

Boston outfielder Shane Victorino said the decision hurt, but it's part of the game.

"I wasn't bothering stopping him. He had every right to be upset," Victorino said when asked about Farrell's ejection. "Again, the human error is part of the game and that stuff happens. Sure it gets frustrating, especially when you battle and you grind like that and something like that happens. Sure you get frustrated, but we put ourselves (in position) to win again in the bottom of the ninth."

Price allowed just two hits over 71/3 innings to beat the Boston Red Sox for the second time in six days, and Tampa Bay retook first place in the AL East.

Price (6-5) was dominating the makeup game before it was delayed for 39 minutes because of a brief downpour that arrived as fans were singing "Sweet Caroline" and he was warming up for the bottom of the eighth. He stayed in the game, but retired just one batter -- after starting him out with three straight balls -- before Peralta relieved him.

Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 26th save. He gave up a leadoff single to Jacoby Ellsbury, who stole second with one out, and walked David Ortiz with two outs. A 100 mph wild pitch moved the runners to second and third but Mike Napoli struck out on a 3-2 change-up to end the game.

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