Blue Jays get help from overturned call

Blue Jays get help from overturned call

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays snapped the Indians' franchise-best 14-game winning streak on Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre, with a 9-6 win. But the win was aided by some help from a critical replay review in the eighth inning.

With the game tied at 6, the Blue Jays put runners on first and second with one out for Josh Donaldson. The reigning American League Most Valuable Player delivered with a single off Indians reliever Tommy Hunter, and third-base coach Luis Rivera waved home Ezequiel Carrera.

The veteran outfielder reached the plate at nearly the same time as Tyler Naquin's throw from center and the initial call was that Carrera was out.

A replay review determined that Carrera touched home plate prior to catcher Chris Gimenez applying the tag, therefore overturning the call and giving the Blue Jays the lead, much to the dismay of Indians manager Terry Francona.

"I actually grabbed [crew chief and first-base umpire] John Hirschbeck on the way out, just because you can't go out during the game," Francona said. "And that's not on them. They don't even get an explanation once it goes to replay. I went and looked at it six or seven times, and I don't know how you can overrule that.

"I mean, I couldn't tell if he's safe or out. If he would've called him safe, I don't know how they would've overruled it to call him out. I don't know how you overrule that. I know they keep telling us it has to be conclusive. I will look forward to an explanation that I understand from the league, because as of now, from what I've seen, I don't know how they did that. I was shocked."

Gimenez echoed similar sentiments as his manager on the play, and felt he had tagged Carrera before he crossed the plate.

"I thought we had him out," Gimenez said. "[Naquin] made a pretty good throw on a pretty tough high hop, but I definitely thought I had him in the leg. The explanation that they gave us was that his arm got in there before I tagged him, which I don't necessarily think that was the case, but I can't tell, either. But, I definitely thought we had him out."

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons admitted he wasn't sure which way the call would go, but was rewarded for his efforts.

"They're close," Gibbons said. "You never know what's going to happen. You never know what angle of view they have from different parts. Sometimes you look up [at the video board] and think, 'They've got to reverse it' or 'They've got to let it stand' and it goes the other way -- and that's not an easy job to make those decisions, either.

"We liked what we saw on there, but you never know for sure. We caught a break. A big break."

Saunders' double plates a pair

Following Donaldson's single, the Blue Jays would tack on two more runs -- thanks to a two-run double by Michael Saunders -- which opened their largest lead of the game. Although Donaldson was animated at first base after his eventual go-ahead single, Toronto's third baseman said he wasn't thinking too much about the outcome of the call.

"I try not to even look at it too much anymore, just because there have been times when I thought a call should be overturned and it was not," Donaldson said. "You try to just stay focused on the game, whatever the call is. It is what it is."

Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.