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O's get credit for waved-off run after all, beat angry Indians

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CLEVELAND -- Score it: E-umpires.

Veteran umpire Ed Montague took the blame for a run being added to Baltimore's total three innings after it appeared to be waved off in the Orioles' 7-4 victory over Cleveland on Saturday night.

The Indians played the game under protest after Montague, the crew chief, called the official scorer in the bottom of the sixth to add the third-inning run which scored on a sacrifice fly.

"There's going to be a tremendous follow up with this and we'll see if we can get it figured out," Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said.

The bizarre sequence started with Baltimore leading 2-1 in the top of the third. Nick Markakis was on third base and Miguel Tejada on first with one out when Ramon Hernandez hit a line drive to center field.

Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore made a diving catch. Markakis tagged up, headed for home and appeared to cross the plate before Tejada doubled off first. Plate umpire Marvin Hudson waved off the run.

Orioles bench coach Tom Trebelhorn disputed Hudson's call before the start of the fourth, and Hudson then conferred with Montague and the other umpires.

"We kicked it around and now I'm having a brain cramp on it," Montague said. "So I sent Bill (umpire Bill Miller) in, I said 'You know what, cause we're debating, you go in. Lets make it 100 percent sure."'

Miller checked the rule and said the run should have counted. Montague was vague about why it took until the sixth to make the change, saying "it kind of went on" with the umpires conferring with the managers.

"It was my screw up and we can't go off of umpire's error," he said. "What's right is right. We have to score the run."

Montague said he couldn't remember anything like it happening and didn't blame Wedge for his protest, which will be decided by commissioner Bud Selig's office.

Wedge protested the game because the change was not made immediately.

"I know the umpires have a tough job to do, but there is a process and there are rules," he said. "When the next pitch is thrown, that's it. The fact is the home plate umpire waved it off. I've never seen runs put on the board three or four innings later."

Baltimore manager Sam Perlozzo said Trebelhorn alerted him that the run should count.

"I told Sammy it's never too late," Trebelhorn said. "That's our run. I've seen runs put on the board after the game."

Corey Patterson and Ramon Hernandez both had two-run doubles to help the Orioles snap a five-game losing streak and end the Indians' winning streak at six.

The Indians took a 4-3 lead in the sixth on Jhonny Peralta's two-run homer, but Baltimore scored twice in the eighth. Tejada started the rally with a single off Fernando Cabrera (1-1). Jay Payton singled with one out before a groundout moved the runners to second and third. Patterson doubled to right on an 0-2 pitch from Aaron Fultz.

Jamie Walker (1-0) pitched one-third of an inning for the win. Chris Ray worked the ninth for his seventh save.

Notes

  • Indians OF David Dellucci (sore left calf) is expected to be in the lineup Sunday. He hasn't started a game since April 21.
  • Orioles RHP Jaret Wright (sore shoulder) is expected to come off the disabled list and start Sunday's game.
  • Baltimore SS Miguel Tejada played in his 1,104th consecutive game Saturday night, which moved him past Joe Sewell for the sixth-longest streak in baseball history.
 
 
 
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Ramon Hernandez drives in four runs in the Orioles' controversial win.  (AP)
Ramon Hernandez drives in four runs in the Orioles' controversial win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

M. Tejada
AB 3
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Baltimore

R. Hernandez
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 4
 
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B5230010 .264
Melvin Mora, 3B3100112 .237
Nick Markakis, RF5100005 .245
Miguel Tejada, SS3231100 .340
Ramon Hernandez, C4024014 .455
Jay Payton, LF5120002 .286
Kevin Millar, DH2000110 .231
   a- Aubrey Huff, PH-DH2000002 .233
Corey Patterson, CF4012001 .236
Chris Gomez, 1B4010002 .300
Totals37712734  
a-grounded out for Millar in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ramon Hernandez (2, Hernandez), Corey Patterson (6, Fultz)
SF - Ramon Hernandez (1)
SH - Melvin Mora (3)
RBI - Miguel Tejada (11), Ramon Hernandez 4 (4), Corey Patterson 2 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Ramon Hernandez 3 (3), Corey Patterson 2 (5)
SB - Brian Roberts (8, 2nd base off Sowers/Martinez)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
PB - Ramon Hernandez (1)
Baltimore Orioles
Erik Bedard 65442111 6.09
Chad Bradford 0.2100010 0.96
Jamie Walker (W,1-0) 0.1000010 1.74
Danys Baez (H,7) 1000000 2.92
Chris Ray (S,7) 1000010 5.11
HBP - Sizemore (by Erik Bedard)
Pitches-Strikes - Erik Bedard 108-67, Chad Bradford 20-13, Jamie Walker 4-3, Danys Baez 9-4, Chris Ray 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Erik Bedard 5-2, Chad Bradford 1-0, Danys Baez 2-1
Batters Faced - Erik Bedard 26, Chad Bradford 3, Jamie Walker 1, Danys Baez 3, Chris Ray 3
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF2100122 .263
Casey Blake, 3B4011023 .215
Travis Hafner, DH3000123 .329
Victor Martinez, C4121001 .298
Ryan Garko, 1B4000033 .255
Trot Nixon, RF4000013 .278
Jhonny Peralta, SS4112020 .225
Jason Michaels, LF3000000 .233
   a- David Dellucci, PH1000010 .250
Josh Barfield, 2B3120010 .155
   b- Shin-Soo Choo, PH1000000 .357
Totals33464214  
a-struck out for Michaels in the 9th
b-lined out for Barfield in the 9th
Batting
2B - Casey Blake (7, Bedard), Victor Martinez (4, Bedard)
HR - Jhonny Peralta (4, Bedard)
RBI - Casey Blake (6), Victor Martinez (15), Jhonny Peralta 2 (13)
2-OUT RBI - Casey Blake (4), Jhonny Peralta 2 (5)
SB - Josh Barfield (2, 2nd base off Bradford/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Grady Sizemore 1
DP - Sizemore-Garko
E - Jhonny Peralta (4, Misplayed grounder)
Cleveland Indians
Jeremy Sowers 6632210 4.40
Fernando Cabrera (H,1; L,1-1) 1.1222030 1.50
Aaron Fultz (BS,1) 0.1100000 2.45
Roberto Hernandez 1.1322100 5.00
IBB - Tejada by Roberto Hernandez
HBP - Tejada (by Jeremy Sowers)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Sowers 97-62, Fernando Cabrera 22-15, Aaron Fultz 5-5, Roberto Hernandez 25-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Sowers 4-13, Aaron Fultz 1-0, Roberto Hernandez 2-2
Batters Faced - Jeremy Sowers 27, Fernando Cabrera 6, Aaron Fultz 2, Roberto Hernandez 8
Game Information
Attendance - 25065
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Ed Montague, Third Base - Bill Miller