Reds beat Marlins after overturned call
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Redmond threw his hat down, pulled the front of his jersey out of his pants and screamed at home plate umpire Mike Winters.
Frustrations over Major League Baseball's experimental rule aimed at cutting down on home plate collisions may have just reached an acrimonious peak.
The Cincinnati Reds scored three runs in the eighth inning Thursday night after a call was overturned at the plate and beat Redmond's Miami Marlins 3-1 to open a four-game series.
The Marlins appeared to have escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the eighth and kept a 1-0 lead intact when Giancarlo Stanton caught Todd Frazier's fly ball in right field and one-hopped a throw to catcher Jeff Mathis.
But Stanton's throw took Mathis from the first-base side of home plate, where he set up, to the third-base side and into the path of Cozart, bringing MLB's new rule aimed a cutting down on home plate collisions into play.
Out by several steps, Cozart didn't slide and was tagged out easily.
The umpires gathered for close to seven minutes while the ruling was made at the MLB replay operations center in New York. Winters, who had called Cozart out, made the safe motion and then ejected Redmond, the Marlins manager, for his outburst.
After all that, Ryan Ludwick hit a two-run single to center field to plate two more runs and give the Reds their 3-1 lead.
Hard-throwing Reds closer Aroldis Chapman walked Casey McGehee to start the bottom of the ninth, then got Jeff Baker to ground into a double play and struck out Marcell Ozuna to end the game.
Prior to the eighth, the Reds had been frustrated all night by Marlins starter Tom Koehler, who was looking for his first career win against an NL Central team
07/31 22:09:50 ET