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WASHINGTON -- Nationals manager Matt Williams tried to take advantage of replay in the eighth inning of Tuesday night's game against the Angels, a 7-2 loss, but was unable to get the call reversed.

After doubling down the left-field line against left-hander Jerry Blevins with one out, Los Angeles' Erick Aybar stole third and was ruled safe by umpire Jordan Baker. Williams challenged the call, putting the play under review, but after two minutes and 12 seconds, the play stood.

"I thought we would maybe catch a break there," Williams said. "We are in that inning, we haven't used [the challenge]. It was a situation where we can use it. It was inconclusive. Might as well use it."

Aybar would later score on a sacrifice fly by David Freese.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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