An apparent game-tying homer by the A’s Adam Rosales was ruled a double by umpires in the ninth inning, and the Cleveland Indians held on to beat Oakland 4-3 on Wednesday night.
Rosales sent a drive off Indians closer Chris Perez that looked as if it cleared the left field wall. However, second base umpire Angel Hernandez called it a double, and the crew concurred after leaving the field to review the videotape.
When the umpires returned and told Rosales to stay at second, A’s manager Bob Melvin sprinted onto the field and was immediately ejected.
TV replays appeared to show the ball cleared the yellow stripe and hit a metal railing above the 19-foot high wall.
Perez wound up loading the bases before getting the final out as the Indians won for the ninth time in 10 games.
Nick Swisher and Carlos Santana homered for Cleveland. A’s starter A.J. Griffin was dominant early, but then allowed two runs in each the fifth and sixth innings. He lasted 6 2/3 innings, giving up four runs, three earned, and striking out four.
NOTE: The A’s placed outfielder Josh Reddick on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right wrist, where he joined center fielders Coco Crisp (hamstring) and Chris Young (quadriceps). The A’s also recalled first baseman Daric Barton from Triple-A Sacramento. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, the A’s released left-hander Jordan Norberto. Barton made an instant impact, driving in two runs as part of the A’s three-run fourth inning.
— Staff, wire report