BOSTON --- The Orioles successfully challenged a call in the fourth inning of Sunday's game against the Red Sox and scored a run moments later.
Nelson Cruz turned on an inside fastball from Jake Peavy, sending it off the Green Monster --- narrowly fair --- to begin the fourth. Red Sox left fielder Daniel Nava played the ball off the wall, then one-hopped a throw to second to get the Baltimore designated hitter. But Cruz tried to avoid Dustin Pedroia's tag by sliding right of the bag, and officials ruled following the challenge that he got his right hand in before the glove touched him. The review took 56 seconds.
The next batter, Delmon Young, grounded to third base and Xander Bogaerts launched the throw over first baseman Mike Napoli. Bogaerts double-clutched when looking Cruz back to second and sailed the throw out of play -- allowing Cruz to score. After a sacrifice bunt, Peavy forced a groundout and struck out Ryan Flaherty to end the frame and limit further damage.
Later in the game, the Red Sox weren't as fortunate. Amid a tie game in the bottom of the ninth, Pedroia tried to get himself into scoring position by stealing second. When he dove head-first, he initially lifted his hand up and missed the bag, but touched it a moment later.
Second-base umpire Hunter Wendelstedt called him out on the tag by O's shortstop J.J. Hardy. Boston manager John Farrell challenged the call, but it was confirmed after a review that took one minute and four seconds.
Steven Petrella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less