Scioscia's challenge erases Ethier

Angels' Aybar ruled to have made forceout after review

Scioscia's challenge erases Ethier

ANAHEIM -- Andre Ethier was called out at second base in the fourth inning of the Dodgers' 2-1 win over the Angels at Angel Stadium on Wednesday night after a video review overturned the safe call on the field.

With no outs and Ethier at first, Justin Turner sent a comebacker to Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker, who turned and hesitated before throwing to second base. Shortstop Erick Aybar was late covering and appeared not to touch second base as Ethier slid in safely.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia challenged the call and initiated the review. Officials at the Replay Command Center at MLB.com headquarters in New York ruled that Aybar's foot touched the bag and Ethier was erased.

Scioscia said he was getting clarification from the umpires about the "neighborhood play," where an infielder can take a good throw at second without touching the base and still earn the out, before challenging the play.

"If he was called out, you can't go out and challenge that if it's a good throw," Scioscia said. "Once he's called safe, then it has to become a challenge."

Turner reached first on a fielder's choice. The Dodgers led, 2-0, at the time of the review and the Angels escaped the inning unscathed.

Matthew DeFranks is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.