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Snitker ejected in fifth after arguing balk call

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ANAHEIM -- Braves manager Brian Snitker was ejected during the fifth inning of Wednesday night's 2-1 loss to the Angels, with Atlanta leading the game, 1-0.

Snitker was removed by first-base umpire Ted Barrett after disputing a balk call against starting pitcher Jaime Garcia.

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ANAHEIM -- Braves manager Brian Snitker was ejected during the fifth inning of Wednesday night's 2-1 loss to the Angels, with Atlanta leading the game, 1-0.

Snitker was removed by first-base umpire Ted Barrett after disputing a balk call against starting pitcher Jaime Garcia.

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With two outs, Garcia was called for the balk while throwing to first base in an attempt to pick off Angels center fielder Shane Robinson, who was awarded second base. Robinson stole third before Garcia induced Cliff Pennington into an inning-ending groundout.

Snitker explained after the game he argued the call because Garcia had made previous pickoff attempts during the game performing the same motion without penalty, and did not believe it warranted a call.

"He picked off a guy and had three other moves and they weren't balks," said Snitker. "All the sudden, it was a balk. He didn't do anything different, so I'm like, 'Why are you balking him now?' That was my biggest point. We picked Eric [Young Jr.] off. If that wasn't a balk. 'Why is the next move a balk?' was my point."

Video: ATL@LAA: Garcia throws to first to pickoff Young Jr.

The ejection marks the fourth of the 61-year-old's career as a Major League skipper, and his first of the season.

Kaelen Jones is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the Braves on Wednesday.

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

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