ARLINGTON, Texas Joe Nathan's 300th career save is one he'll remember for a lot more than it making him just the 24th member of the 300 club.
He'll also remember it because it came on a final pitch that should have been ball four.
Nathan got the benefit of a call on a full-count pitch to Ben Zobrist to preserve a 5-4 Texas victory over Tampa Bay Monday night.
The curveball appeared to be outside, but home-plate umpire Marty Foster rung up Zobrist, who argued the call. Manager Joe Maddon also came out to have a word, but to no avail.
The Rangers didn't notice the complaints because they were too busy celebrating Nathan's milestone save.
"Did I draw it up like this for my 300? No," said Nathan, who mouthed the word wow after the game. "But we'll take it. I knew I was throwing it there. The fact I thought it was ball four. I thought he (Zobrist) might offer at it. When he didn't, my mindset went more to concentrate on what we've got to do with (on-deck hitter Evan) Longoria now. ...