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Angels, Phils lose challenges in series opener

PHILADELPHIA -- Video replay did not help Mike Scioscia get a call at third base overturned at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night, and the Phillies capitalized on it.

With no score and Ben Revere on first with one out in the bottom of the fourth, Chase Utley smoked a liner to right field to put the Phillies on the board and was called safe at third base by umpire home-plate umpire Doug Eddings. Utley appeared to beat the relay throw from first baseman Albert Pujols, but Scioscia felt Luis Jimenez might have blocked Utley with his foot and tagged the Phillies' second baseman before he got to the bag.

After checking the replay, umpires ruled that the call stood, meaning there was not enough conclusive evidence to overturn it. And shortly after that, Ryan Howard singled past a drawn-in infield to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead.

The Angels were involved in another replay, in the top of the sixth, when Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg challenged a force play at the plate.

With the bases loaded and one out, the Phillies brought the infield in against Chris Iannetta. The catcher hit a grounder to third baseman Cody Asche, who threw home. Collin Cowgill was ruled safe, and the call on the field was confirmed after a review of one minute, 35 seconds.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez.
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