CHICAGO -- The St. Louis Cardinals were fuming Tuesday night about a pair of close calls that led to another dramatic loss to the Chicago Cubs.
Cubs centerfielder Tony Campana sparked the winning 10th-inning rally with a one-out single off Fernando Salas (0-1). Campana then broke for second and was ruled safe in a close call by second base umpire Bill Welke, who insisted to Cardinals manager Mike Matheny that the speedy outfielder got his hand on the bag before the tag.
Matheny disagreed, and drew his first ejection.
"To sit there and watch our guys get short-ended on great plays and not have something to say about it would be a tragedy," the first-year manager said.
Furthermore, a disputed Castro's sacrifice fly gave the Cubs the lead in the first. Right fielder Carlos Beltran made a strong throw and Gold Glove catcher Yadier Molina was right there as David DeJesus stuck his left arm out while sliding past home on the dugout side, drawing a safe call from umpire Chris Conroy.
DeJesus clapped his hands and scurried back to the dugout as Molina popped up and began arguing with Conroy. Matheny popped out of the dugout and got between Molina and Conroy before continuing the argument with the umpire. Looking at the TV replays, it was unclear whether DeJesus ever touched home, but Matheny eventually left the field after a short argument.
"It's a shame. That's all," Matheny said. "The first run is a shame. The last one was a shame. Those are my thoughts."
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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