Running gaffe turns home run into single
By David Ginsburg / Associated Press
BALTIMORE - It might have been the longest single in Javy Lopez's career. Without question, it was the most disappointing.
Lopez hit a pitch from John Lackey into the seats at Camden Yards on Sunday, but a confusing series of events caused him to pass teammate Miguel Tejada on the bases. Lopez was ruled out at second base, a key play in the Baltimore Orioles' 9-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.
The base-running gaffe occurred in the second inning. After Tejada singled, Lopez hit a drive to center that sent Darin Erstad leaping at the wall to make the catch. When Erstad tumbled to the ground - his leg twisted awkwardly underneath him - it was uncertain whether he caught the ball.
By the time Erstad showed his empty glove, Tejada had retreated from second base and was passed by Lopez, who was credited with an RBI single and called out for passing the runner.
Said Lopez: "One umpire called an out, so obviously Tejada went back to first base. Then the other umpire said the ball was out. But by the time he made the call, I had already passed Tejada."
By rule, Lopez was called out at second base.