MIAMI (AP) — Eager to try for a double play in the ninth inning, Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager bobbled the ball, and the cameras caught his mistake.
The runner was initially ruled out, but a replay reversal loaded the bases for the Miami Marlins, and Giancarlo Stanton hit a grand slam to beat Seattle 8-4 Friday night.
With two on, nobody out and the score tied, Reed Johnson was called out at third on a force play following a bunt. But the umpires reviewed the ruling and determined Seager had juggled the ball.
In his haste to throw to first, Seager was done in by the transfer rule, which is being enforced more closely this year because of replay reviews.
"We've seen it happen a couple of times this year, so I know the rule," Seager said. "I felt I caught the ball on the base. I tried to transfer it and make a throw at first. That's when I bobbled it."
Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon dislikes the transfer rule, but had no complaint about the decision being reversed.
"I knew it was going to be overturned right away," McClendon said. "That was the right call."
"I'm a big fan of replay tonight," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "I was fired up when we won the challenge."
Instead of one out with runners at first and second, Stanton stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and nobody out against Yoervis Medina (0-1).
"In that situation, the reversal changes things completely because you don't have that one out," Medina said.
The Mariners deployed five infielders, and Stanton cleared them all with a towering homer to the left of the home-run sculpture. He finished with five RBIs to increase his total to 26, most in the majors.
"We tried to stay away from him all night, because he is the one guy in that lineup that can really hurt you," McClendon said. "We had no choice there."
The Mariners lost their fourth game in a row, while the Marlins won for only the second time in the past 11 games.
The Mariners, beginning their first series in Miami since 2005 and their second ever, squandered repeated scoring chances. They went 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position.
Continue reading this story on the...