Two challenges go Francona's way vs. Astros
HOUSTON -- Cleveland manager Terry Francona won two challenges in Thursday's game against Houston, both involving Indians shortstop Jose Ramirez.
The second time came in the ninth inning. Ramirez was ruled out at first base on a sacrifice that advanced Michael Bourn to third base. Bourn had originally been credited with an inside-the-park home run, but after a crew chief review of stadium boundaries, the ruling on the field was overturned, as the ball was deemed to have left the field of play.
On the play involving Ramirez, Houston third baseman Matt Dominguez barehanded a slow runner to third and threw to second baseman Jose Altuve covering first base. Francona challenged the out call at first, and after a delay of two minutes and 15 seconds, the ruling was overturned and Ramirez was safe.
Ramirez later scored on a Carlos Santana single to tie the score at 1.
Francona's first challenge of the night came in the first inning. Ramirez, the second batter of the game, was ruled out at first base by first-base umpire Larry Vanover, but after a review of 55 seconds, the call was overturned, and Ramirez was safe. Houston right-hander Scott Feldman got the next batter, Michael Brantley, to ground into a 6-3 inning-ending double play.