Photos: Umpires Reverse Call In Royals Victory Over The Astros

I think Will from Royals Review had the best headline: "Royals Win On Three-Run Homer From...Scott Podsednik?" Plus, photo evidence of the umpires getting a call right.

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Umpires Overturn Call In Royals, Astros Game: Why Couldn't They Do That For Armando Galarrage?

On Thursday, umpires overturned a call in the Royals win over the Astros. Head umpire Tim McClelland said, "We're under a directive to get calls right if we can get them right."

Uhh....what about Armando Galarraga?

The Tigers pitcher had a no-hitter wrapped up before Jim Joyce blew the call at first with two-outs in the 9th. Within minutes, Joyce knew he had blown the call.

So why didn't they overturn the call then? Astros' pitcher Brett Myers wants to know.

“If they can overturn calls like that, I think they should overturn Galarraga's no-hitter,” Myers said. “If that's what they are starting to do when an umpire makes a mistake, then we have to live with it."

I don't think we'll be getting an answer on that one.

For more on the Royals victory last night, check out Royals Review.

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PHOTOS: Umpires Reverse Call During Royals, Astros Game

The recap on MLB.com called it possibly a "historic" moment in baseball. Maybe I wouldn't go that far but I certainly don't remember umpires changing calls very often.

Here's what went down: Mike Aviles was on second and a ball was hit to Astros shortstop Geoff Blum, who appeared to trap the ball. Aviles kept going to third because he saw the ball bounce on the ground.

"I didn't think it was going to carry as far as it did, that's why I took off," Aviles said. "I looked back and saw it bounced and I just kept going to third. I didn't know they called it a catch until was I standing at third."

The umpire felt differently and ruled it a catch as Blum went over to step on second base rendering Aviles out.

"I knew he didn't catch it from the get-go," Royals third base coach Eddie Rodriguez said. "I think [Blum] got indecisive afterward and tried to sell it and Everitt bought the sell. But after reviewing it, obviously they changed it. They did come up with the right judgment."

The Astros walked off the field as Royals manager Ned Yost came onto the field to argue. After a discussion, the umpires decided to reverse the call and label Aviles safe at third.

"We're under a directive to get calls right if we can get them right," umpires crew chief Tim McClelland said.

And get it right they did, according to the photo evidence below.

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Scott Podsednik, Royals Take Down The Astros 5-2

For more on the Royals, check out Royals Review.

Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Scott Podsednik turned the game around with one swing, a three-run home run in the seventh inning, to lift Kansas City to a 5-2 come-from-behind win over Houston in the rubber match of a three-game set at Kauffman Stadium.

Mike Aviles had a pair of hits, scored a run and knocked in a run, as Kansas won for a third time in its last four tries.

Victor Marte (2-0) grabbed the win with a scoreless inning in relief for the Royals, who are 5-5 in series-deciding games this season. Anthony Lerew was solid in his first big league action this season, allowing two runs on three hits over six frames, while walking two and striking out seven.

Brett Myers (4-5) suffered the loss after allowing four runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings, while walking two and striking out three, as the Astros fell for a fifth time in their last six games.

Hunter Pence lined a two-out, two-run double to left field, just out of the reach of Podsednik, to get the scoring started in the first inning.

Lerew did not allow another runner past first base and set down the Astros in turn three times over his final five innings.

Myers kept the Royals blanked on three hits into the seventh before the home team erupted for four runs with two outs. Aviles started the rally with a single, moved to second base on a Wilson Betemit base hit and scored on Yuniesky Betancourt's single to leftf ield. Podsednik followed with his third long ball of the season to put Kansas City ahead for good and end Myers' run of 43 1/3 innings without yielding a home run.

"Yeah, for some strange reason throughout my career, I've fared pretty well against Houston," Podsednik said. "I have no idea why. Certain guys play well against certain clubs and certain pitchers. But it seems like earlier in my career when I was in the National League I fared pretty well against them."

The Royals tacked on an insurance run in the eighth against Wilton Lopez when Billy Butler doubled, moved up on a Jose Guillen single and scored when Aviles bounced into a force play at second base.

Joakim Soria took over in the ninth and gave up a pair of singles before striking out Cory Sullivan and getting Pedro Feliz to fly out to right field to end the game and earn his 16th save.

Houston finished its 10-game road trip at 4-6...The Astros are 16-11 against the Royals, including a 10-5 mark in Kansas City...Guillen extended his hitting streak to 12 games, while David DeJesus went hitless in four tries and lost a 13-game home hit string...Lerew was 5-3 with a 2.84 earned run average in 14 games, 11 starts, at Triple-A Omaha before his promotion...Myers is 1-2 in interleague action this year...In the fifth inning, a strange play occurred where the umpires initially ruled a double play had been recorded before reversing the call once the players had left the field. The play happened when Houston's Geoff Blum was initially ruled to have caught the ball, only to have the umpires decide it hit the ground. They called the batter out, although Blum had never thrown to first -- he had "caught" the ball before throwing to second for the next out. The umpires placed the runner at third, as if he had advanced on the play, although no run scored after Podsednik lined out.

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Royals' Anthony Lerew Replaces Luke Hochevar Against Astros, Looks For First Career Win

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(Sports Network) - The Houston Astros will try to finish off a roller-coaster road trip on a positive note in tonight's rubber match of a three-game interleague series with the Kansas City Royals from Kauffman Stadium.

Houston began its 10-game, three-city swing by taking three of four matchups with 2009 postseason participant Colorado before losing its next four contests, including a 15-7 shellacking at the hands of the Royals in Tuesday's series opener. The Astros regrouped with a 4-2 decision last night in which Jason Michaels knocked in three runs to back seven effective innings out of ace Roy Oswalt.

Michaels stroked a two-run single in the top of the fourth inning to give Houston a 3-2 advantage, then added an RBI double in the sixth to extend the margin to two runs. That was enough for Oswalt (5-8), who limited the Royals to two runs and struck out seven in a strong 106-pitch effort.

"I was going up there wanting to be aggressive and just go from there," said Michaels of his performance.

Carlos Lee had an RBI single in the first inning for Houston, which had lost six straight in interleague play coming in.

Wednesday's loss, just the second in the past six games for the Royals, spoiled a terrific night at the plate for David DeJesus. The outfielder collected four hits in four at-bats and knocked in one of the team's two runs.

Over his last four games, DeJesus has gone 11-for-15 with a homer and five RBI.

"It's the same approach every at-bat," he said afterward. "Don't try to do too much. Just try and stay confident and trust myself."

Scott Podsednik ended 2-for-4 with two runs scored for Kansas City, while starting pitcher Bruce Chen (3-1) allowed four runs (three earned) and struck out six in 5 2/3 innings.

Houston will hand the ball to Brett Myers as it vies for a series win tonight. The former Philadelphia Phillie has been a solid addition to the Astros rotation, having produced a very respectable 3.18 earned run average in addition to a 4-4 record over his first 13 starts of 2010. He's also been a model of consistency, having worked at least six innings in each of those appearances.

Myers wasn't overly sharp at the beginning of his most recent outing, however, allowing three first-inning runs to the New York Yankees this past Friday. The right-hander settled down to hold the Bronx Bombers to just one more run over the remainder of his seven-frame stint, although he still wound up with the loss in a 4-3 verdict.

Prior to that setback, Myers had gone 2-0 with an outstanding 1.69 ERA over a four-start span from May 21-June 6.

This will be the 29-year-old's first-ever encounter with the Royals. Myers is just 1-4 with a 3.51 ERA through six road starts this season, but the Astros have scored three runs or less in each of those losses.

Kansas City had planned to send out Luke Hochevar for the finale, but the former No. 1 overall draft choice was forced to the disabled list on Wednesday due to an elbow strain. The Royals brought up Anthony Lerew from Triple-A Omaha yesterday to take both his spot on the roster and place in the rotation.

Lerew will be taking another crack at earning his first major league win tonight. The right-hander has pitched in 14 games and made five starts with the Royals and Atlanta and is 0-3 with a 6.69 ERA at the big-league level. None of those games have come against the Astros.

The 27-year-old had been pitching well in the minors prior to the promotion, having compiled a 5-3 record with a 2.84 ERA in 14 appearances (11 starts) with Omaha. In his most recent mound trip, Lerew yielded one unearned run and just three hits to defeat Nashville on Sunday.

Kansas City won two of three bouts from Houston when these teams met at Minute Maid Park last season. The Astros are 10-4 all-time as the visitor in this series, however.

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