Reds beat Marlins 3-1 with controversial ruling

Umpires change call on play at the plate

MIAMI (AP) -- The Miami Marlins were heated after Thursday night's game when a call from Major League Baseball's new instant replay system and the rule preventing catchers from blocking the plate did not go their way.

The Cincinnati Reds thought MLB got it just right.

MLB, in a statement Friday, concurred with the instant replay ruling but apologized for the six-minute delay it caused.

The eighth-inning play resulted in what the Marlins thought was the third out turning into the tying run.

Zack Cozart was initially ruled out by home plate umpire Mike Winters. The review extended the inning and Ryan Ludwick delivered a two-run single to help give the Reds a 3-1 victory.

"The fact of that matter is that everyone around baseball should be embarrassed by a call like that," Marlins president David Samson said during an expletive-laced postgame tirade.

With the Marlins leading 1-0 in the top of the eighth, the Reds loaded the bases with one out. Bryan Morris got Todd Frazier to fly out to right fielder Giancarlo Stanton whose throw to the plate easily beat Cozart for what appeared to be the final out of the inning when catcher Jeff Mathis tagged out Cozart, who trotted in without a slide.

However, after a 6-minute, 10-second instant replay review, the call was overturned because Mathis was ruled to be blocking the plate and Cozart was called safe, tying the game 1-1.

Marlins manager Mike Redmond was immediately ejected after throwing his hat to the ground and arguing with the umpires. Redmond kicked his hat on his way back to the dugout for good measure.

"As a former catcher in this league for 13 seasons, as a grinder, as a guy who loves this game and respects this game so much, this game has been a part of my life forever, but to lose a ballgame tonight on that play is a joke, it's an absolute joke," Redmond said. "I don't think anybody who plays this game should feel good about winning that game and I would say that if it had been reversed. That guy was out by 15 feet."

Cozart saw it differently.

"I thought it was pretty obvious from the replay that they made the right call," he said.

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Reds manager Bryan Price agreed.

"Cozart was out by a fairly reasonable margin, but the catcher, from the inception of that ball going off the bat, had taken away the entire plate with his feet," Price said. "His body was in the middle of the plate."

During the delay, Mathis, a 10-year veteran, was confident that he did everything right in accordance of the rules.

"I'm just disgusted," Mathis said. "That's a tough way to lose a game. ... For it to be decided like that, it's just disgusting."

Here's what MLB said Friday:

"The Replay Official judged that the catcher did not provide a lane to the runner and hindered his path to the plate without possession of the ball. The throw also did not force the catcher into the runner's pathway. As a result, in accordance with Rule 7.13, the ruling on the field was overturned and the run was allowed to score.

"We realize that people may reasonably have different opinions regarding the application of Rule 7.13 in any particular instance because it is a judgment call. We are continuously evaluating the application of the new rule, and we anticipate a full review with all appropriate parties in the off-season in order to determine whether any changes should be made. We also recognize that the exorbitant length of last night's review, which was more than three times the season average, must be avoided in the future.

"That said, the most important goal of this rule has been to eliminate dangerous collisions at home plate, and it cannot be disputed that the rule has been very effective toward achieving this purpose."

Reds starter Johnny Cueto (12-6) struck out nine and allowed one run in seven innings and Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for his 24th save.

Stanton hit his 25th home run and Tom Koehler (7-8) took the loss allowing two unearned runs in seven innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Chapman had to be tended to by trainers with two outs in the ninth when he had some discomfort in his right leg. He remained in the game and threw a 101 mph pitch to strike out Marcell Ozuna to end the game.

"I had a little discomfort in the leg," Chapman said. "It was an awkward step I took when I made the pitch."

Reds reliever Manny Parra (stiff back) has not pitched since July 20.

"He is improving," Price said. "He played catch today. It's as day-to-day as it comes. It always seems like it's a day away from him actually being a piece of what we're doing."

ON DECK

The Reds' Mat Latos (2-3, 3.31) will start Friday's game against the Marlins' Jacob Turner (4-6, 5.69). Latos is 0-3 with a 5.26 ERA in seven starts against the Marlins. Turner will be making his

first start at Marlins Park since May 31 against Atlanta.

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