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Interference call costs Blue Jays in Anaheim

Interference call costs Blue Jays in Anaheim

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ANAHEIM -- It was the top of the 13th inning at Angel Stadium, and the Blue Jays thought they had the run they'd been seeking to put away the Angels.

With two runners aboard, two away and Jason Bulger on the mound, Edwin Encarnacion hit a ground ball to third baseman Alberto Callaspo's left. Runner Yunel Escobar was bearing down on him as Callaspo let fly his throw to first. It sailed wide, forcing Brandon Wood off the bag to make the catch.

It appeared that Adam Lind, who'd singled leading off, had scored. But wait. Third-base umpire Bob Davidson was waving it off, calling Escobar out on runner's interference.

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Inning over. The Angels were unable to capitalize in the bottom half thanks to baserunning miscues of their own by Torii Hunter and Callaspo, but they prevailed in the 14th when Peter Bourjos doubled off Jon Rauch and came sliding home with the winning run on Maicer Izturis' single to right.

A 6-5 loss was hard to swallow for Toronto, which had done so many things right in the five hours and three minutes it took to play this game.

"Bob Davidson's interpretation of the play was that Callaspo's timing and direction to the ball [were] altered going into third," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "I obviously disagreed with his view and his judgment. I would still argue the same play all over again.

"I saw that as a slow roller to the 5-6 hole that Yunel had his baseline established. [I] recognize that he has to give right of way to the defensive player, but that ball was 10 feet away from him.

"I viewed it as Callaspo was unsure if [shortstop] Izturis was going to cut him off, which is a very typical play for a shortstop to cut off a third baseman there. Again, if that were to happen 10 more times, I would still have the same thought to the point, where I think video backs up my view of it."

Not surprisingly, Angels manager Mike Scioscia had a different view and interpretation of the play.

"The baserunner has to yield to a fielder," Scioscia said. "Alberto definitely had to alter his route to the ball from where Escobar was running. You have to make the throw and let Escobar get by him."

Toronto catcher J.P. Arencibia took it philosophically.

"It's frustrating," he said. "It's one of those things that's tough, but he made the call, and that's what he saw. So that's part of the game.

"We have to go out there and do our job, and that's it. You can't let those things affect the way you play, because, ultimately, it's out of your control."

With a day game coming soon on Sunday, Callaspo had departed the clubhouse by the time the media was allowed to visit the Angels.

Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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