ST. PETERSBURG -- Instant replay smiled on the Tigers in their 8-6 win in 11 innings over the Rays on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.
First, a crew chief review saved Detroit a run, and later, manager Brad Ausmus' successful challenge notched the Tigers an extra run.
Leading off the bottom of the fourth with the Rays ahead, 4-0, Tampa Bay designated hitter Vince Belnome thought he belted his first Major League home run, as his fly ball down the right-field line and into the stands was called fair.
But Ausmus thought differently and went onto the field to discuss the matter with the umpiring crew led by Greg Gibson. That prompted a review.
"From the get-go that looked foul to me," Ausmus said. "You basically ask [the umpires for a review]. They're very good about it -- they don't want to miss the call."
After 58 seconds passed, the call on the field was overturned. The ball was foul and Belnome then struck out for the first out of the fourth.
An inning later, Ausmus emerged from his dugout a second time, this time to discuss a potential RBI hit off the bat of Miguel Cabrera.
With runners on first and second, two outs and two runs already across in the frame, Cabrera laced a line drive into center field. But it was initially ruled that Desmond Jennings had come up with a sliding catch, which would have ended the inning.
Ausmus challenged, and replays showed Jennings had clearly trapped the ball. The call was overturned and Cabrera was credited with a single. Ian Kinsler, who had been on second, was awarded home, giving the Tigers their third run, and Torii Hunter, who had been on first, was placed on third base.
"It was close enough that I had to get out of the dugout relatively quickly, before the Rays got out of there," Ausmus said. "If they tell me it was a catch, I don't want to waste everyone's time, so I'm trying to get an answer as I'm going out. I had one within three strides of getting out of the dugout."
The next batter, Victor Martinez, struck out to end the inning, but Detroit had closed the four-run deficit to 4-3.
David Adler is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less