Crazy Call Gives St. Louis Game 3 Win

Red Sox get called for obstruction, allowing game-winning run

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Oct 27, 2013 12:17 AM CDT

(Newser) – The Cardinals rushed to the plate to congratulate Allen Craig. The Red Sox stormed home to argue with the umpires. The fans seemed too startled to know what to do. In perhaps the wildest finish imaginable, the rare ruling against third baseman Will Middlebrooks allowed Craig to score with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and lifted St. Louis over Boston 5-4 last night for a 2-1 edge. "Tough way to have a game end, particularly of this significance," Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

How it went down: Jon Jay hit a grounder to diving second baseman Dustin Pedroia. He made a sensational stab and threw home to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who tagged out Yadier Molina. But then Saltalamacchia threw wide of third trying to get Craig. The ball glanced off Middlebrooks' glove and Craig's body, caroming into foul territory. After the ball got by, Middlebrooks, lying on his stomach, raised both legs and tripped Craig, slowing him as he tried to take off for home. Third base umpire Jim Joyce immediately signaled obstruction. Craig kept scrambling. Left fielder Daniel Nava retrieved the ball and made a strong throw home, where Saltalamacchia tagged a sliding Craig. But plate umpire Dana DeMuth signaled safe and pointed to third, making clear the obstruction had been called. "I was excited at first because we nailed the guy at home. I wasn't sure why he was called safe," Middlebrooks said. The AP has the MLB's obstruction rule here.

St. Louis Cardinals' Carlos Beltran slides safely past Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia during the seventh inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Louis. Beltran scored from second on a double by Matt Holliday.
St. Louis Cardinals' Carlos Beltran slides safely past Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia during the seventh inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Louis....   (David J. Phillip)
St. Louis Cardinals' Allen Craig reacts after hitting a double during the ninth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Boston Red Sox Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
St. Louis Cardinals' Allen Craig reacts after hitting a double during the ninth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Boston Red Sox Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Louis.   (David J. Phillip)
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy throws during the first inning of Game 3 of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy throws during the first inning of Game 3 of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Louis.   (Tannen Maury)
Boston Red Sox's Jacoby Ellsbury can't catch a ball hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday during the third inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
Boston Red Sox's Jacoby Ellsbury can't catch a ball hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday during the third inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Louis.   (Jeff Roberson)
Teammates mob St. Louis Cardinals' Allen Craig at home after Craig scored the game-winning run on an obstruction call during the ninth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Boston Red Sox Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
Teammates mob St. Louis Cardinals' Allen Craig at home after Craig scored the game-winning run on an obstruction call during the ninth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Boston Red...   (Charlie Riedel)
CORRECTS SPELLING OF UMPIRE'S LAST NAME - Home plate umpire Dana DeMuth, right, makes an obstruction call on Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks allowing St. Louis Cardinals' Allen Craig, on ground, to score the game-winning run in the ninth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Saturday, Oct. 26,...
CORRECTS SPELLING OF UMPIRE'S LAST NAME - Home plate umpire Dana DeMuth, right, makes an obstruction call on Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks allowing St. Louis Cardinals' Allen Craig, on ground, to...   (Matt Slocum)
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Joe Kelly reacts after getting Boston Red Sox's Daniel Nava to strike out and end the top of the fourth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Joe Kelly reacts after getting Boston Red Sox's Daniel Nava to strike out and end the top of the fourth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Saturday, Oct....   (Jeff Roberson)
Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz hits a single during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz hits a single during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Louis.   (Jeff Roberson)
St. Louis Cardinals' Pete Kozma can't get to an RBI single hit by Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts during the eighth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
St. Louis Cardinals' Pete Kozma can't get to an RBI single hit by Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts during the eighth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Louis.   (David J. Phillip)
Boston Red Sox's Daniel Nava hits into a fielders choice during the eighth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Louis. Jacoby Ellsbury scored on the fields choice.
Boston Red Sox's Daniel Nava hits into a fielders choice during the eighth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Louis. Jacoby Ellsbury...   (Matt Slocum)
Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia dives for a ball hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Kolten Wong during the eighth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia dives for a ball hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Kolten Wong during the eighth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Louis.   (Charlie Neibergall)
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Brandon Workman walks off after being taken out of the game during the ninth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Brandon Workman walks off after being taken out of the game during the ninth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, Oct. 26,...   (Matt Slocum)
St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina reacts as Allen Craig lays on home plate after getting tangled with Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks during the ninth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Louis. Middlebrooks was called for obstruction on the play and Craig...
St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina reacts as Allen Craig lays on home plate after getting tangled with Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks during the ninth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Saturday,...   (Charlie Riedel)
Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz watches as the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after Allen Craig scored the game-winning run on an obstruction call in Game 3 of baseball's World Series Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz watches as the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after Allen Craig scored the game-winning run on an obstruction call in Game 3 of baseball's World Series Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013,...   (Charlie Riedel)
St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter can't catch a ball hit by Boston Red Sox's Jacoby Ellsbury during the fourth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter can't catch a ball hit by Boston Red Sox's Jacoby Ellsbury during the fourth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Louis.   (David J. Phillip)
Boston Red Sox's Jacoby Ellsbury can't catch a ball hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday during the third inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
Boston Red Sox's Jacoby Ellsbury can't catch a ball hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday during the third inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Louis.   (David J. Phillip)
Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts hits an RBI single during the eighth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts hits an RBI single during the eighth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Louis.   (Jeff Roberson)
Cardinals' Allen Craig gets tangled with Boston's Will Middlebrooks during the ninth inning, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Louis. Middlebrooks was called for obstruction on the play.
Cardinals' Allen Craig gets tangled with Boston's Will Middlebrooks during the ninth inning, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Louis. Middlebrooks was called for obstruction on the play.   (David J. Phillip)
St. Louis Cardinals' Allen Craig gets tangled with Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks during the ninth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Louis. Middlebrooks was called for obstruction on the play and Craig went in to score the game-winning run. The Cardinals...
St. Louis Cardinals' Allen Craig gets tangled with Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks during the ninth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Louis. Middlebrooks was...   (David J. Phillip)
Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia watches as home plate umpire Dana DeMuth calls St. Louis Cardinals' Allen Craig safe on an obstruction during the ninth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 5-4 to take a 2-1 lead...
Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia watches as home plate umpire Dana DeMuth calls St. Louis Cardinals' Allen Craig safe on an obstruction during the ninth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World...   (David J. Phillip)
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