Ump admits he missed call at plate

BOSTON -- Home plate umpire Jerry Meals admitted he missed the call in eighth inning Monday on a play that would have tied the Red Sox-Rays game at 2-2.

Instead, the Sox lost, 2-1.

On the play in question, Daniel Nava tagged up from third on a fly to left by Brandon Snyder. Sam Fuld caught the ball and came up firing with a solid throw home. Nava’s foot was clearly on the plate before Jose Molina’s tag, but Meals ruled otherwise.

Asked by pool reporter Ken Powtak of the Associated Press what he saw on the play, Meals responded, "What I saw was: Molina blocked the plate and Nava's foot lifted. But in the replays, you could clearly see Nava's foot got under for a split second and then lifted, so I was wrong on my decision. From the angle I had, I did not see his foot get under Molina's shin guard."

The mild-mannered Nava was in disbelief after the call, and Red Sox manager John Farrell was ejected for arguing with Meals.

Earlier in the inning, Nava advanced only from second to third on a double as he stayed near the bag to possibly tag up if Stephen Drew’s drive to right was caught.