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Scioscia's successful challenge leads to two runs

Shuck is safe at first after inning-ending double-play call is overturned

Scioscia's successful challenge leads to two runs

ANAHEIM -- In the fifth inning Tuesday night, Angels manager Mike Scioscia successfully challenged first-base umpire Gabe Morales' out call at first base on a ground ball by J.B. Shuck.

It set up a two-out, two-run single by Howie Kendrick that gave the Angels a 4-0 lead over the Indians at Angel Stadium.

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If Morales' call had stood, it would have been an inning-ending double play.

Shuck stole second and Collin Cowgill walked to load the bases before Kendrick made the challenge pay off, chasing Indians starter Corey Kluber with the hit.

"I think the person it affects the most is the guy throwing [in this case, Kluber]," Kendrick said of the challenges that return a defense to the field. "First, the inning's over, then you're back out there."

Indians manager Terry Francona, who later made a similar challenge that didn't get the same result, said: "After the potential double play gets overturned, the walk and the base hit ended up costing him [Kluber] two more runs. That really hurt."

As for a replay that leads to a big hit like his, Kendrick said: "It's huge. It definitely can be a game-changer."

Francona made his challenge of a Morales double-play call on a Michael Bourn grounder that ended the top of the eighth. This time, the out call was upheld by the review.

"Yeah, I thought he was safe. I really did," Francona said, but added he wasn't surprised that the replay didn't go his way. "No, it seems like at this point if it's close, they don't overturn it. We've seen that a couple of times."

Earl Bloom is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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