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Hurdle ejected in seventh vs. Rockies

DENVER -- After he had expressed his intense displeasure with a call and earned an ejection from the game, Clint Hurdle returned to the clubhouse only to realize he was wrong.

Second-base umpire Adrian Johnson tossed Hurdle in the top of the seventh inning of the Pirates' 6-4 loss at Coors Field on Saturday night after Hurdle argued that Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki's foot was not touching second base when he turned a 1-6-3 double plat.

But when he had a chance to watch the replay, he acknowledged that Johnson made the correct call.

"I wouldn't have gone out there if I didn't think he was safe," Hurdle said. "Then after I got in, Adrian made a good call; he was on the bag.

"I trust my eyes, and my eyes were wrong. I went out there, and I really felt confident he was off the bag."

After the Rockies turned the double play, Hurdle immediately hustled out of the dugout and began arguing with Johnson, earning the ejection soon after.

It was Hurdle's fifth ejection this year, his first since July 25, when he was tossed in a 9-7 loss to the Nationals in Washington.

Ian McCue is an associate reporter for
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