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Bill Ladson

Two challenges favor Nats against Mets

Two challenges favor Nats against Mets

WASHINGTON -- Nationals manager Matt Williams took advantage of instant replay on Thursday afternoon. When he challenged a call in the bottom of the third inning against the Mets, it was overturned.

After Danny Espinosa singled to right-center field to lead off the inning, Blake Treinen came to the plate and bunted in front of Mets right-hander Dillon Gee, who threw the ball to shortstop Ruben Tejada for the force at second. Tejada fired to first baseman Lucas Duda, and Treinen was called out at first for the double play.

After review, Treinen was ruled safe.

Five innings later, Mets manager Terry Collins was not so successful with his own challenge of a similar play. With Ruben Tejada on first base and no outs, Mets catcher Juan Centeno laid down a sacrifice-bunt attempt. Kevin Frandsen fielded it and fired to second, cutting down the lead runner.

Collins challenged the ruling, but after a brief review, umpires confirmed the call. Centeno wound up on first base and Tejada jogged back to the dugout. Eric Young Jr., pinch-running for Centeno, came around to score two batters later.

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.