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Blue Jays' challenge takes run off the board

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CLEVELAND -- A matter of inches was the difference between a run and an out during Friday night's game between Toronto and Cleveland.

That, and a well-timed manager challenge.

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CLEVELAND -- A matter of inches was the difference between a run and an out during Friday night's game between Toronto and Cleveland.

That, and a well-timed manager challenge.

Full Game Coverage

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons had his first successful challenge of the season in the fourth inning.

The speedy Michael Bourn was on first base with one out and Mike Aviles at the plate. Aviles roped a slicing line drive down the right field line, and Bourn was set on scoring. Blue Jays right fielder Michael Saunders threw to second baseman Ryan Goins, who relayed home. A helmetless Bourn dove headfirst into home plate and appeared to avoid the tag, being called safe. However, upon a review, which lasted 2:05, Bourn was ruled out.

At the time, Bourn would have been the go-ahead run, as the score was tied 4-4. On the very next at-bat, Indians left fielder Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer to right-center, scoring Aviles and giving the Indians a 6-4 lead.

Gibbons is now 1-for-4 in challenges this year. He had the league's lowest rate of successful challenges in 2014. He was 16-for-47, for a 34 percent success rate.

August Fagerstrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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