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Obstruction Call Gives Cards Win In World Series Game 3

Allen Craig #21 of the St. Louis Cardinals scores on a feilder's choice by Jon Jay #19 in the ninth inning as Jarrod Saltalamacchia #39 of the Boston Red Sox reacts during Game Three of the 2013 World Series at Busch Stadium on October 26, 2013 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Allen Craig #21 of the St. Louis Cardinals scores on a feilder’s choice by Jon Jay #19 in the ninth inning as Jarrod Saltalamacchia #39 of the Boston Red Sox reacts during Game Three of the 2013 World Series at Busch Stadium on October 26, 2013 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Third baseman Will Middlebrooks tripped Allen Craig for a game-ending obstruction call on Jon Jay’s ninth-inning grounder, giving the St. Louis Cardinals a bizarre 5-4 win over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night and a 2-1 World Series lead.

Boston had tied the score with two runs in the eighth, and Yadier Molina singled with one out in the ninth off loser Brandon Workman. Allen Craig pinch hit and lined Koji Uehara’s first pitch down the left-field line for a double that put runners on second and third.

With the infield in, Jon Jay hit a grounder to diving second baseman Dustin Pedroia. He threw home to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who tagged out the sliding Molina. Saltamacchia threw offline past third, and Middlebrooks, with his stomach on the field, raised both legs and tripped Craig.

Third base umpire Jim Joyce immediately signaled obstruction, and even though a sliding Craig was tagged by Saltalamacchia at the plate following the throw by left fielder Daniel Nava, plate umpire Dana DeMuth signaled safe and then pointed to third, making clear the obstruction had been called.

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