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Rays lose challenge on potential double play

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays used their challenge on a potential inning-ending double-play ball in the third inning of Monday's series opener against the Brewers.

With Jean Segura on first and one out in the top of the third, Carlos Gomez chopped a ball to Evan Longoria at third. Longoria threw to Logan Forsythe at second to retire Segura, but Gomez was called safe at first ahead of Forsythe's relay.

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Manager Joe Maddon challenged first-base umpire Bill Welke's ruling, and after a 2 minute, 12 second review, the safe call stood.

"Got it totally wrong," Maddon said. "I came down, I saw the replay, I said, 'He's -- he's safe.' So I was just waiting for the formality -- he was safe. We blew it. We messed that one up."

That meant the Rays couldn't challenge when, in the very next at-bat, catcher Jose Molina looked like he might have caught Gomez stealing second. Gomez was called safe on a bang-bang play.

It ended up not mattering, though, as starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi retired Jonathan Lucroy on a groundout to third to end the inning, stranding Gomez.

David Adler is an associate reporter for

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