Questionable defensive play costs Sox

Questionable defensive play costs Sox
August 4, 2012, 5:06 am
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BOSTON -- When Will Middlebrooks made an all-out diving catch in foul territory for the first out in the top of the 10th inning, it looked as if the Red Sox weren't going to let a lead-off double -- in the same inning -- ruin their night.

But a Jamey Carroll single up the middle in the next at-bat drove in Darin Mastroianni to give the Twins a 6-5 lead in extra innings.

Vicente Padilla was able to get the next two outs before any more damage was done, but one run would be all the Twins needed to walk away with a 6-5 win.

And it all started with a fly ball to right field that probably should have been caught by either Jacoby Ellsbury or Cody Ross, who both sort of held up at the last second as they approached a possible collision.

"I thought it hung up there long enough," said Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine afterwards. "Cody was playing over where he hit the ball last time. And I don't know if Ellsbury came over enough."

But Ross said after the game that he should have caught it, even though he admitted that nobody called for it.

"I feel like I should have caught it," said Ross. "Any ball that's in my way, I feel like I should catch."

Neither Ross or Ellsbury made the play, and it ended up being the winning run.