ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon knew it was ball four to Ben Zobrist, who was already headed toward first base. Even Texas Rangers closer Joe Nathan expected that would be the call after his full-count pitch.
Except plate umpire Marty Foster called a game-ending third strike -- one he later admitted was wrong.
Nathan mouthed "Wow!" when the strike was called to wrap up his 300th career save, which along with the Rangers' 5-4 victory stood despite Foster's postgame admission late Monday night.
"That kind of call cannot occur. I don't even want to say under those circumstances," Maddon said. "The last inning, the last out of the game. I'm not even going to go there. That call can't be made in a Major League Baseball game."
The last pitch, a curveball, was low and outside. Zobrist put both hands on his helmet and took it off in disbelief while Maddon quickly came out and argued with the umpires for several minutes, even standing in front of them at the gate wh...