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Joe Nathan's 300th save ends with controversy

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff  April 9, 2013 09:04 AM

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It’s safe to say Rangers closer Joe Nathan will never forget the night he “earned” career save No. 300.

With the tying run on first, and the Rangers leading the Rays, 5-4, in the top of the ninth Monday night, Nathan threw a 3-2 pitch to Ben Zobrist that appeared low and away for ball 4. Not according to home plate umpire Marty Foster, who called strike three. Ballgame.

Even Nathan seemed shocked by the outcome, as you can clearly see him mouthing “wow” as he walked off the mound.

Understandably, Rays manager Joe Maddon was livid over the call, and took to Twitter later in the evening.

Lost in all the hoopla; Nathan is now tied with Jason Isringhausen and Bruce Sutter for 22nd on the all-time saves list.

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