ST. LOUIS (MyFoxBoston.com) – The Red Sox are hoping to put Game Three of the World Series behind them after a controversial obstruction call led to a walk-off win for the Cardinals.
Sox third-baseman Will Middlebrooks dove for an errant throw from catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and got tangled up with Cardinals' base runner Allen Craig with two outs in the ninth inning of the game. Third-base umpire Jim Joyce immediately signaled obstruction and Craig was called safe at home despite being tagged out on a laser throw from Daniel Nava.
The Cardinals poured from their dugout to celebrate the 5-4 "trip off" win, while the Sox rushed the plate to argue with umpires. Fans seemed too startled to cheer.
Middlebrooks said he couldn't have done anything else.
"I just know I have to dive for that ball. I'm on the ground. There's nowhere for me to go," said Middlebrooks.
"It's a crying shame that a game of this magnitude ended the way it did," said Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy. "For the second time in three games a call be made that just doesn't seem to be right."
Despite the tough loss, Sox players remained positive.
"This game is not going to define our team by any means. We lost a tough game. We'll come out and play tomorrow. This won't stop us," said second baseman Dustin Pedroia.
Peavy agreed, "You see what this ball club is made of. We're not gonna quit, we're gonna keep grinding it out no matter how many times the ball bounces the other way."
The loss puts the Cardinals up 2-1 in the World Series. Game 4 coverage starts at 8 p.m. on FOX 25.
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