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Twins lose challenge on play at plate

Replay confirms safe call as LA's Butera scores on Ramirez's hit

Twins lose challenge on play at plate

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire lost a replay challenge for the first time in the third inning of Wednesday night's game against the Dodgers at Target Field.

Hanley Ramirez singled to left field, allowing Drew Butera to score from second base on a close play at home plate, leading Gardenhire to challenge the call.

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But after a review that lasted two minutes, it was determined that home-plate umpire Chris Segal's initial call was correct and the call was confirmed. Butera was able to beat the throw from Jason Kubel with a nice slide to avoid the tag from catcher Kurt Suzuki.

"I thought it was really close from my view, so I got the thumbs-up to challenge it," Gardenhire said. "The first views that they showed looked like it was out, but after we challenged it, they showed some other angles, which made a difference. But I can't wait out there for 45 minutes waiting for other angles. So we challenged it and it was a chance to take a run off the board. I'll take my chances there."

The run tied the game at 1, and Adrian Gonzalez followed with an RBI single to give the Dodgers an early 2-1 lead.

It was the first challenge issued by Gardenhire since April 2, when he successfully had a call overturned on a missed catch by White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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