10/04/2013 06:30 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Jon Lester Gives Up Sean Rodriguez Home Run One Pitch After Umpire Blows Strike Three Call (VIDEOS)


Jon Lester thought he was out of the second inning. Home plate umpire Chris Guccione saw things differently. Sean Rodriguez took advantage

After delivering what appeared to be an inch-perfect strike three to the Tampa Rays' left fielder, the Red Sox pitcher hopped off the mound to his left. To the dismay of Lester and the fans at Fenway Park for Game 1 of the American League Division Series between the Rays and Red Sox, Guccione determined that the 2-2 change-up was a ball. TBS' PitchTrax didn't see it that way and neither did many fans watching the game.

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With the count full at 3-2 and the strike zone perhaps smaller than he had anticipated, Lester fired the next pitch right down the middle. Rodriguez crushed the 95-mph fastball into the Monster Seats above the famous left-field wall at Fenway.

After retiring Yunel Escobar to finally escape the second, Lester had a few words for Guccione on his way back to the home dugout. The 29-year-old lefty's teammates would bail him -- and the umpire -- out in the fourth inning. Jonny Gomes' two-run double keyed a 5-run outburst as the Sox took the lead. Lester would pitch 7.2 innings while racking up seven strikeouts and allowing just two runs. Of course, some in the Back Bay will say that Lester's line should have included eight punchouts and just one run surrendered.



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