Mariners on top in two of three reviewed plays

Hart's third-inning 2B confirmed; Seattle wins challenge in eighth, loses one in ninth

Mariners on top in two of three reviewed plays

TORONTO -- Three replay reviews yielded mixed results for the Blue Jays and Mariners on Wednesday night at Rogers Centre.

A review in the third inning confirmed that Corey Hart's shot down the right-field line was indeed a fair ball; Dalton Pompey was ruled out in the eighth after a replay overturned a safe call on Kendrys Morales' tag on a bunt; and an out call on a pickoff of James Jones in the ninth was confirmed. The Blue Jays won, 1-0.

With no outs, Mariners designated hitter Hart sent an offering from Mark Buehrle high into right field that bounced just fair and into the stands for a ground-rule double, prompting Blue Jays manager John Gibbons to issue a manager's challenge.

After a review of one minute, 25 seconds, the call on the field was confirmed, and Hart stayed at second base. He was stranded though, as Buehrle went on to retire Mike Zunino, Chris Taylor and Austin Jackson in order to escape the threat.

Then in the bottom of the eighth of a scoreless game, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon successfully challenged a call that had originally awarded Pompey a bunt single to lead off the inning.

Pompey squared around and laid a bunt down the first-base line, but he pushed the ball to Morales, who was charging in from first base. Morales fielded it and dove toward Pompey as he raced down the line and swerved to avoid the tag before diving headfirst into first base. First-base umpire Doug Eddings called Pompey safe, prompting McClendon to challenge the call.

In the top of the ninth, with the potential tying run on first, Blue Jays reliever Aaron Sanchez made a slick pickoff move to get pinch-runner Jones at first, who replaced Taylor with no outs.

Jones narrowly got back to the bag a few moments earlier on a pickoff attempt but wasn't so lucky the second time around and was called out by Eddings. McClendon came out to challenge, but it was clear from the review that Jones was indeed out.

Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.