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Overturned call at plate sends Marlins to 2-1 loss to Yanks

June 18, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Dee Gordon hit a two-hopper with runners at the corners in the eighth inning, Adeiny Hechavarria raced home to beat first baseman Garrett Jones’ high throw and plate umpire Dale Scott signaled safe.

Game tied.

Then the Yankees asked for a video review.

After a delay of 2 minutes, 41 seconds, an umpire in downtown Manhattan decided catcher Brian McCann tagged Hechavarria’s left knee before his right toe touched the plate, and New York held on to beat the Miami Marlins 2-1 Wednesday night.

“I made a point to slide to the outside of the plate, and I really thought my foot got in there,” Hechavarria said through a translator. “After the play happened, I came into the clubhouse and looked at the replay and still believe I was safe.”

Jones thought Hechavarria hesitated at third rather than run on contact.

“All of a sudden as I’m fielding it, I see him going,” Jones said. “He kind of caught me off guard late. ... If he goes right away, I think there’s no play.”

After the video review, Marlins manager Dan Jennings went out to Scott and double checked that McCann left the runner an open lane. Scott said he had.

“It was a momentum killer for sure,” Jennings said.

Alex Rodriguez singled twice to raise his career hits total to 2,997, and Michael Pineda carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning before allowing Christian Yelich’s home run.

Rodriguez lined an RBI single to center in the first inning, singled softly to center in the fifth, walked twice to reach in all four plate appearances and also was thrown out at home plate.

Miami rookie Jose Urena (1-3), trying to impress enough to stay in the rotation with Jose Fernandez and Jarred Cosart set to return from the disabled list, gave up two runs and six hits in six innings. Carlos Beltran’s RBI single made it 2-0 in the fifth, with center fielder Marcell Ozuna throwing out Rodriguez at the plate when he tried to score from second.

“Unfortunately my breaking ball was out of the zone,” Urena said through a translator.

Pineda (8-3) retired his first 11 batters, then walked Yelich with two outs in the fourth and Justin Bour with one out in the fifth. Yelich reached down and sent a 91 mph fastball into the Yankees’ bullpen in right-center leading off the seventh — Miami’s first ball out of the infield.

“He was pounding us with that cutter and slider all game,” Yelich said.

Pineda, who struck out nine, retired the next two batters and then was replaced by Chasen Shreve following his 100th pitch.

Dellin Betances relieved Justin Wilson with runners at the corners and one out in the eighth and finished the three-hitter for his fourth save. With two on and two outs in the ninth, Jeff Mathis swung over an 86 mph breaking ball for strike three.

Miami was impressed with Betances, who has a 0.26 ERA.

“He lets go of the ball one inch from the plate,” said slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who took a called third strike in the ninth.

Miami was playing in new Yankee Stadium for the first time, leaving St. Louis and San Diego as the only teams that have not appeared in the ballpark, which opened in 2009.

“I told these guys when we came in to keep your heads up,” Gordon said. “We almost got no-hit, and we still had a chance to win.”

WEB GEM

Bour made a diving backhand play at first to rob Jones of a two-run hit in the seventh, the ball sticking out of his glove’s webbing.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Marlins: Fernandez, targeting a July 2 return from Tommy John surgery, gave up one run and four hits in 4 2-3 innings for Class A Jupiter. He struck out 10, walked one and allowed a homer. ... Cosart, who hasn’t pitched for the Marlins since May 13 because of vertigo, threw 106 pitches over 5 1-3 innings for Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday night and could be back with the big league club this weekend. ... Michael Morse, sidelined since May 23 by a sprained right ring finger, started a rehab assignment with Double-A Jacksonville. He played first base and was 0 for 5 with three strikeouts. ... Martin Prado, who hurt his right shoulder Sunday, did not make the trip to New York.

UP NEXT

Miami RHP Mat Latos (2-4) starts Thursday’s series finale against CC Sabathia (3-7).

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