BOSTON — Oakland’s Jed Lowrie rounded first base, reached second and immediately raised his arms in the air.
He couldn’t believe it.
Lowrie’s looping liner down the right-field line with two outs in the ninth inning was ruled foul, the ball seemingly falling in the small space between the foul line and short wall, and Lowrie struck out two pitches later as the Athletics rally fell short in a 6-5 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday.
“It’s a game-changing call,” said Lowrie, who finished 3-for-5. “I saw him call it foul and I kept running because I couldn’t believe it. I don’t even know what to say.”
Oakland manager Bob Melvin did, immediately bolting out of the dugout to protest the call with umpire Greg Gibson.
Like Lowrie, Melvin said he saw white chalk burst into the air as a result of the ball hitting the line.
A’s left-hander Brett Anderson (1-4) squandered an early three-run lead, surrendering six runs on eight hits with two walks and five strikeouts in four-plus innings. Anderson has lost three straight, getting tagged for 17 runs in 10 2/3 innings.