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Borderline strike zone call on Jon Lester leads to Sean Rodriguez homer, early Rays lead in Boston

Kevin Kaduk
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Jon Lester reacts after giving up a second-inning homer to Sean Rodriguez. (USA Today)

Jon Lester got off to a great start in the first game of the ALDS on Friday, striking out the first four Tampa Bay Rays batters he faced and inducing a weak infield pop out from the fifth.

The Boston Red Sox ace, however, ran into a little bit of bad luck on the sixth batter. After taking left fielder Sean Rodriguez to a 2-2 count, Lester threw a pitch to the bottom end of the strike zone. Both the reaction from Lester and the Fenway Park crowd suggested he had just struck out his fifth batter of the game and ended Tampa Bay's half of the second inning.

Home plate umpire Chris Guccione had a different view, though, calling a ball that ran the count to full.

Given one more shot at it, Rodriguez took full advantage and drove the next pitch over the Green Monster in left field for a 1-0 Rays lead.

Here's the borderline pitch in question, what's your call?

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