In a make-up game on Monday against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Boston Red Sox lost their lead in the AL East thanks to a blown call by home plate umpire Jerry Meals.
At 63-44, Boston now sits a half game behind the 63-43 Rays.
With the Red Sox trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning with one out and runners on second and third, Brandon Snyder strode to the plate. Snyder had already accounted for the lone Red Sox run with a solo home run off the Pesky Pole in the bottom of the sixth.
This time, Snyder lifted a fly ball to medium left field. Rays left fielder Sam Fuld camped under the ball, made the catch and quickly fired home as Daniel Nava raced to score the potential tying run.
Replays clearly show that Nava's foot touched home plate before Jose Molina applied the tag. But that's not the way Meals saw it.
Red Sox manager John Farrell, normally a calm and collected kind of guy, went ballistic, and Meals soon took care of that by ejecting him.