Home run overturned on Saunders' stellar effort

McClendon ejected for arguing decision to give Grossman third base

Home run overturned on Saunders' stellar effort

SEATTLE -- Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon was ejected for the sixth time this season during Seattle's 4-1 victory Monday night at Safeco Field. It came after an overturned call showed that right fielder Michael Saunders robbed Houston's Robbie Grossman of a home run.

With one out in the seventh inning and Seattle leading, 1-0, Grossman hit a towering fly ball that carried barely over the right-field wall. Saunders leapt and brought it back into the field of play with his glove. It was initially ruled a home run, but Grossman was awarded a triple after the homer was overturned on a crew-chief replay review.

Upset that Grossman was awarded third base instead of second, McClendon came out to argue, and was subsequently thrown out of the game.

"I'm flabbergasted," McClendon said. "I'm totally confused. I was told in Spring Training when the umpires signal something, the play stops. He signaled home run and the runner was between first and second. My players stopped. I don't know how you reward a triple there ... to me that should be a ground-rule double. It makes no sense. I'll stop there."

Saunders, who also went 1-for-2 in his first game back from the disabled list, said his arm hit the top of the wall coming down from his leap, jarring the baseball loose.

"I didn't catch it in the pocket. It was more on the tip of my glove ... I knew I didn't have a full catch," he said. "Luckily it came back instead of the other way."

Jose Altuve followed with a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 1.

In the eighth, the Mariners again came out on the short end of a replay review when Chris Carter stole second base. Acting manager Trent Jewett came out of the dugout and challenged, but the call stood, before Mariners reliever Danny Farquhar eventually worked out of the inning.

Adam Lewis is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.