8/19/2014 8:40 P.M. ET
Pujols rewarded as Angels win challenge
Initially ruled out, veteran given RBI single as umps overturn call
By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com
BOSTON -- Angels first baseman Albert Pujols insisted that umpires turn to replay on a bang-bang play and wound up being right, getting an RBI single and taking away what would've been a phenomenal play by Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks in Tuesday night's game.
With Mike Trout on third and one out in the third inning, Pujols hit a bullet down the third-base line that Middlebrooks fielded cleanly with a headfirst dive. From a seated position, he delivered a one-hop throw to first that Mike Napoli stretched for, initially getting an out call from first-base umpire Mike Winters.
Pujols, however, felt he got there just before the ball nestled into Napoli's glove, urging manager Mike Scioscia to come onto the field and use his challenge. Eighty-three seconds later, umpires overturned the call and Pujols was ruled safe as the Angels took a 3-1 lead.
The Angels are 14-for-25 in getting calls overturned.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.