MIAMI -- The Reds won a managerial challenge in the bottom of the fifth inning of their 5-2 win Friday night on a play that had it stayed against them, could have given the Marlins the lead.
With the bases loaded with Marlins and two outs in a 1-1 game against Cincinnati starter Mat Latos, Garrett Jones hit a ground ball near first base. Latos covered the bag as Todd Frazier fielded the ball and tossed to first base. Umpire Todd Woodring ruled that Jones was safe with what would've been a go-ahead RBI with Jordany Valdespin scoring, even though it appeared that Latos touched the bag a half-step sooner.
As Latos protested the call with his back to the plate, he did not call timeout as Giancarlo Stanton tried to cross the plate running from second base for what could have been a second run in the inning.
Fortunately for Cincinnati, catcher Devin Mesoraco called timeout. Reds manager Bryan Price challenged the out call.
"I was out there watching as things unfolded, because it looked like Mat was going to start getting carried away there," Price said. "The home-plate umpire was telling the baserunner that he called timeout and killed the play. When Mat went to discuss the play with the first-base umpire, he turned his back on third. That's when he took off. That's when [the umpire] said he killed the play. ... We kind of got away with one there, I think."
After a replay review, the call on the field was overturned and Jones was ruled out to end the inning, taking the run off the board and keeping the game tied at 1.
"That was a circus, man. The only thing missing from that inning was a tent," Latos said. "I thought I got him out. When [Woodring] called safe, I turned and looked the runner back at third. Obviously there are other guys on. He's going back towards third, and I looked at Mes and he has his hands up calling time. So he's calling time. I took that as he called time and I told the umpire, 'I beat him to the bag.' Then I ended up getting yelled at by [second baseman Skip Schumaker]. He was screaming at me at the top of his lungs.
"It ended up looking like an absolute zoo on my end. It really looked bad. I should have really made sure that he 100 percent called time."